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CUA Professors Available to Comment on Pope’s Trip to Brazil for World Youth Day

Youths from around the world (including 10 students from Catholic University) are gathering in Rio de Janeiro next week leading up to an audience with Pope Francis on July 27 and 28. World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope that is typically celebrated every three years in a different country.

Faculty from The Catholic University of America are available to discuss the importance of this event, what the Pope says to the young people, and what his words mean to the Catholic Church in general.

  • POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH — Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, can address general questions about the Catholic Church and the papacy.

    To arrange interviews with Father Morozowich, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or
  • SPIRITUALITY IN LATIN AMERICA — David Lantigua, assistant professor of moral theology, researches medieval and modern Catholic social thought with a focus on Church autonomy, the ethics of evangelization, religious freedom, and human rights. He is also available to speak on spirituality in Latin America.

    Contact Lantigua at 202-319-5668 or
  • CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING — Chad C. Pecknold, assistant professor of theology, teaches fundamental theology and political theology. He is available to comment on topics of the Church’s social and political teachings, the New Evangelization, secularism, and Christian unity and political division.

    Contact Pecknold at 202-319-6899 or

  • THE CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA — Julia Young, assistant professor of history, studies Latin American history since the 16th century, global migration, religion, and diaspora. She can discuss the history of Church-state relations in Latin America, and contemporary Catholicism in Latin America.

    Contact Young at 202-487-8315 or

For assistance in reaching sources, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600. To search for other CUA faculty experts, visit the Faculty Experts Guide at