Around the World : 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis

Manhattan’s faculty experts and administration weighed in on the papal visit to give a global context to this historic event.Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D.Assisant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center

Manhattan’s faculty experts and administration weighed in on the papal visit to give a global context to this historic event.

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D.

Assisant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center

Afridi spoke with Verizon FIOS 1/RNN in Westchester County on Friday, Sept. 25 after the multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.


Kevin Ahern, Ph.D.

Director of the Peace Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Ahern spoke with Al-Jazeera America about Pope Francis’ stance on climate change.

In Daily Theology, he analyzed Pope Francis's first visit to New York City, an evening prayer service at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

He also reflected on the papal visit in America Magazine and the French Bishops Conference's website.


Paul Dinter, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Dinter appeared on Verizon FIOS 1/RNN in Westchester County on Thursday, Sept. 24, speaking about the papal visit and the Catholic Church in an historical context.


Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Imperatori-Lee appeared on NY1 on Thursday, Sept. 17 speaking
about Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and how he’s emerged as a diplomat in
the softening of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

She appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, Sept. 25, recapping the papal visit to New York City.

She also appeared twice on Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC to discuss the Pope's trip to the United States.

She was cited in several different publications, including Huffington Post, Public Radio International and National Catholic Reporter.


Julie Leininger Pycior, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Pycior appeared on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show (68:34 mark) to discuss Pope Francis's connection with Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

She also detailed the Pope's references to Day and Merton in a piece published by The Huffington Post.


Brennan O’Donnell

President of Manhattan College

O’Donnell joined more than 170 Catholic university leaders across the world in signing a statement of support to work collaboratively on the vision laid out by Pope Francis in Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home.


MC Staff