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Christendom College President and Students in Rome for Election of Pope Francis

College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell was in Rome for the papal conclave and election providing voiceover coverage for Vatican TV and Radio as well as appearing as a guest on EWTN’s live programing from Rome.

We are overjoyed at the election of Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio as the 266th pope of the Catholic Church,” O’Donnell said upon the news of the election. “It was an unforgettable experience to be in St. Peter’s Square and to be with him and to pray with him and for him in a moment of silence amidst hundreds of thousands of people. His humility and deep prayer life will surely enable him to bear the great responsibility of the office. We pledge our loyalty to him and unite ourselves to him in prayer for a pontificate filled with abundant blessings.”

Students participating in Christendom’s Junior Semester in Rome were also there for the election, cheering loudly and welcoming the new pope in St. Peter’s Square. The students have engaged both secular and religious media during the conclave, giving the face of the Church a young and faithful face. College alumni have also been involved in coverage of the conclave and papal election.  Ensuring accurate coverage of these events, alumnus Christopher Wells (’97) is working for Vatican Radio, alumna Anne Schneible (’04) is working for Zenit News Agency, and Stephano Flori (’87) is working with EWTN’s TV production team in Rome.

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