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The Next Pope

  

 

Dr. James F. Keating, associate professor of theology and program director of the humanities program, discusses a potential successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI has officially stepped down as head of the Roman Catholic Church. He has pledged his allegiance to his eventual successor. Now, many are wondering what happens next. The official appointment of a new pope is the result of a vote by cardinals that takes place in what is known as papal conclave. Once conclave has begun, the cardinals are literally locked into a room until they have elected a new pope. Cardinals are not permitted to have any contact with the outside world (no television, no newspapers, no letters, no phone calls) during the papal elections. Conclave takes place in the Sistine Chapel, a room with the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, within St. Peter's Basilica.

Dr. James F. Keating, is an associate professor of theology at Providence College and can provide expert analysis on papal issues. To speak with him directly, please contact Chrissy Centazzo at (401)-340-5710, or ccentazz@providence.edu.

 

Meet Our Expert: 

 
Dr. James F. Keating,
associate professor of theology and program director of the humanities program;
Teaching at PC since 1999
Expertise:
  • Papacy
  • Historical Jesus
Selected Courses Taught:
  • The history and theology of the Papacy
  • The Letters of St. Paul
  • Intro to the New Testament 
Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
ccentazz@providence.edu
401-865-2413
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