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In the summer of 2021, Argentine theologian and laywoman Emilce Cuda was appointed by Pope Francis as head of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and promoted later that year to co-secretary. Francis also named her a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Cuda was a research scholar here at CWCIT during the winter/spring of 2019 and formerly served as a theology and political science professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. (Read more in this
National Catholic Reporter article.)
“What must we do to perform the works of God?” This is what 80 African clerics, laity, and scholars set out to answer in December 2019 in Enugu, Nigeria, in the first-ever Pan African Catholic Congress, organized by CWCIT's Stan Chu Ilo. The conference came at a troubling time in the country, when Catholic priests had been kidnapped and even killed in several cases. Reflecting on the faith and the fate of the African people, the Congress sought to create a statement of commitment about how leaders can work together to continue to share God’s work and give back to the African continent. At the Congress' closing, leaders agreed that, even though the continent is experiencing the Catholic Church’s highest growth rate, “the growth of the Church will only be in number” unless theology and pastoral practice is “translated into tools of liberation.” (Read more in this Crux article.)
On October 21, 2017, in Toronto, AfroGlobal Television presented Stan Chu Ilo with its 2017 Global Impact Award for the more than 20 projects in four African countries implemented through Canadian Samaritans for Africa, a nonprofit of which he is founder and president. One such project is the water and sanitation initiative and the AduAchi Women's Skills Center in Eastern Nigeria, executed in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Recognized as one of the top 10 global projects at the UNESCO-sponsored Mondialogo Awards in 2009, it also won an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award and recognition from the U.S. State Department.
In its September 2017 issue, U.S. Catholic published an interview with CWCIT research professor, Rev. Stan Chu Ilo, on African spirituality's unique commitment to community and the belief that everything and everyone is connected through God: "Someone has called it the moral tradition of abundant life. What is abundant life? I say it is human and cosmic flourishing, when every reality is intimately connected to every other reality in a harmonious bond.Read the full interview here.
On November 12, 2015, CWCIT hosted a discussion on Muslim-Catholic dialogue in sub-Saharan Africa, which included as panelists Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, and DePaul's own Dr. Babacar Mbengue. The national Jesuit magazine, America, featured the event as reported by Catholic News Service journalist, Michelle Martin. Read the full article here.
Rev. Stan Chu Ilo, CWCIT research professor, gave an interview on HuffPost Live on March 19, 2015, the two-year anniversary of Pope Francis' election. He spoke of the pontiff's legacy of simplicity, noting that "the church can only be credible when the church personifies what the church preaches." Watch the full interview and read Chu's March 13 blog post on this topic.
On February 26, 2015, Alex Stummvoll was named winner of the Vatican foundation Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice's biannual international award (10,000 Euro) for young researchers whose work promotes Catholic social doctrine. Alex was CWCIT's 2012-13 visiting professor, and he received the award for his PhD dissertation, “A Living Tradition: The Holy See, Catholic Social Doctrine and Global Politics 1965-2000."
In September 2014, Pope Francis named Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., as the successor to Cardinal Francis George, OMI, as archbishop of Chicago. Some of our faculty spoke to the media about this decision and transition:
On March 13, 2013, a conclave of 115 cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, archbishop of Buenos Aires, as the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The first Latin American and Jesuit pope, Bergoglio chose the name Francis. Participating in this historic conclave were the following cardinals whom CWCIT has been honored to welcome here at DePaul:
Mar George Cardinal Alencherry (bio)Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church (Kochi, Kerala, India)October 2011 presentation at DePaul: "Catechesis in the World Church"
Francis Cardinal Arinze (bio)Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for Divine Worship(Rome)November 2009 visit to DePaulView photo slideshowWatch his interview with NBC 5 Chicago
Francis Cardinal George, OMI (bio)Archbishop Emeritus of ChicagoFebruary 2014 presentation: "Pope Francis & the New Evangelization"April 2010 presentation: "Tradition & Liberation: Charity in Truth & the New Face of Social Progress"
Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson (bio)President, Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace (Rome)April 2010 presentation at DePaul: "Charity in Truth & the New Face of Social Progress"