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New pope emphasizes the poor
History was made Wednesday,March 13, when the Vatican sent up white smoke, signaling the choosing of a new leader of the Catholic Church.Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was chosen as the 266thpope of the Catholic Church, taking the name of Pope Francis.It was a historic decision coming onthe heels of the surprising resignationof former Pope Benedict XVI. The
Vatican chose the ﬁrst Latin American,as well as the ﬁrst Jesuit priest.
Pope Francis spoke from the balcony of the Vatican on that day, addressing the large crowds gathered in the city to witness the historic moment. The world has over 1.2 billion Catholics, who celebrated the news of the new pope.Mercyhurst celebrated the instal-lation of the new pope with a shortservice on Thursday at the Christ theKing Chapel. The service was about 15minutes long, and all faculty and staff as well as students were invited. Theservice consisted of a Scripture read-ing, a hymn and a brief homily.“We wanted to do something tobring people together, if they sochose,” Father James Piszker said. The new pope is stepping into thepapacy during a key period of trans-formation for the Roman CatholicChurch.Piszker believes that Pope Francis“will set a new style for the papacy which is already becoming evident. Heis a very simplistic man, and a cham-pion for the poor, which I think he willemphasize this social justice teaching throughout his papal rule.”Senior religious studies major TessSinke agrees, stating that “he hasproven to be an advocate for the poor,and I think he will continue to do sothroughout his time at the Vatican.” At a press conference on Saturday the pope highlighted his intentions to work closely with the poor, indicating it should extend beyond charity work and mission trips stating, “How muchI would like a poor church, for thepoor.”Many are looking at Pope Francisto address the major concerns sur-rounding the Catholic Church and heis already making notable changes. The pope is known for his brief,
sincere homilies ﬁlled with wisdom. At
Mass on Sunday the pope said “Themessage of Jesus is mercy, for me, andI say this with humility, mercy is thestrongest message of the Lord.”
By Abigail Robinson
Livingston heads to Lourdes U.
Associate Provost for AcademicProgram Development David J. Liv-ingston, Ph.D., was recently appointedas the president of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.His primary task is to create anenvironment in which students, fac-ulty and staff can work together tocreate an outstanding community of learning.His new job will also entail being involved with the Lourdes commu-nity to develop a future vision of theschool and area through new programdevelopment, fundraising, reputationenhancement and increased enroll-ment.“It is an excellent opportunity, andI am very excited about it,” said Liv-ingston. “Lourdes is a great university with a clear sense of its mission andgreat potential for growth.”Lourdes University is a coeduca-tional liberal arts institution of 2,600students founded in 1958 by the Sistersof St. Francis of Sylvania. The institution is known for itsquality academic programs and per-sonalized attention afforded its stu-dents.However, Livingston knows it will
be difﬁcult to leave Mercyhurst.
“After 15 years we have developedsome great relationships and haveso many good memories,” he said.“I will miss the students and friend-ships that I have developed over theyears.”In his time at Mercyhurst, Living-ston has had many accomplishments,most notably raising $32 million of a$50 million capital campaign goal twoyears ahead of the planned date, as well as acting as a project manager forthe new Center for Academic Engage-ment building completed over thesummer of 2012. When Livingston’s new positionbecomes effective July 1, Msgr. DavidRubino, dean of the Walker Schoolof Business and Communications, will step up and take charge of theadvancement function as vice presi-dent of external affairs.Rubino’s new job consists mostly of coordinating all of the universi-ty’s external affairs, primarily fund-raising.“I’ll miss working in the businessschool,” Rubino said.Regardless, he is excited by the chal-lenge his new job presents because he will be working to bond together all of the school’s external factors in a better way.In the case of private institutions
like Mercyhurst, this includes ﬁnding
ways to raise revenue other than by raising tuition. When asked if anyone else wasin consideration for the position,Rubino said, “I don’t think sobecause it was done internally. Hadit been done externally, there wouldhave been.”
By Alison Hosko
Pope Francis graces the public at his inauguration Mass at the Vatican.
David Livingston, Ph.D., namedpresident of Lourdes Universityin Sylvania, Ohio.
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