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Will Pope Emeritus Benedict Become a Saint? Religious Studies Professor Tells Us What To Expect

The Conversation

The funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI took place in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Thursday, Jan. 5, after three days during which mourners could view his body and pay their final respects. Around the same time, grassroots …

Why Do Lottery Jackpots Keep Getting So Big? It’s on Purpose, Holy Cross Economist Says

CBS News | Inside Edition

If you think you are seeing more and more lottery prizes top the $1 billion mark, you are right on the money. Just this week, the Mega Millions jackpot has surged to $1.1 billion. Victor Matheson, professor of economics at …

Holy Cross Associate Professor Named Worcester Poet Laureate

Oliver de la Paz, an award-winning poet and literary educator, will serve in the role through December 2025.

Worcester officials have appointed Oliver de la Paz, associate professor of English and award-winning author, as the city’s poet laureate. He will serve in the role until December 2025.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Legacy is Complex, Writes Holy Cross Professor

The Conversation

With the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the late pontiff leaves behind a complex legacy of brilliant intellectualism and the shadows of numerous controversies, according to College of the Holy Cross Professor Mathew Schmalz.

Patrick Tutwiler ’97 Appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Education

As secretary, Tutwiler will oversee the commonwealth’s education and instruction policy agenda.

Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey has appointed Patrick Tutwiler ’97 as the next secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Hosting the World Cup Pays Off Only if You Have Existing Stadiums and a Winning Team Says Holy Cross Professor

Brookings Institute

The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, but it’s also a big economic event. Which begs the question: Does hosting the World Cup pay off? Victor Matheson, a professor of economics at the College …

Beavers Are North America’s Secret Weapon Against the Climate Crisis Says Holy Cross Professor in New Book

The New York Times | The Globe and Mail | The Wall Street Journal | Scientific American

Leila Philip, professor of English and environmental studies at the College of the Holy Cross, has authored a new book called “Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America.” Scheduled for release on Dec. 6, the book has already received enthusiastic …

Is Thanksgiving a Christian Holiday? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Explains

The Conversation

Did you know that medieval Catholic traditions of thanksgiving prayers and feasting shaped the Protestant celebration of Plymouth’s pilgrims, leading to the modern Thanksgiving holiday? In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, breaks down the …

Are Catholic Views on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony Changing? Religious Studies Professor Opines

The Conversation

The Second Vatican Council marked a milestone in the history of the Catholic Church, setting off a process of deep transformation within the Church and in its relations with the modern world. Sixty years later, the process is still ongoing …

What To Do if You Win the Lottery: Holy Cross Economics Professor Shares Some Dos and Don’ts

CNBC | The Washington Post | People | Fortune | Los Angeles Times | CNN

The estimated Powerball jackpot is now $1.6 billion, the largest lottery jackpot in the world. But, with the odds of winning being less than 1 in 292.2 million, is it even worth playing?  Victor Matheson, professor of economics at the …

Russia Is Committing to an Escalation of the War in Ukraine, Says Holy Cross History Professor and Russia Expert

Business Insider | The Washington Post | Newsweek | KCBS Radio | Adevarul (Romania)

With the rapid escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, media around the world are turning to Cynthia Hooper, associate professor of history and director of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, for her expert …

Helen Boucher, M.D., ’86 Appointed Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine

Holy Cross’ first woman board chair is now the first woman to serve as dean of the medical school.

Helen Boucher, M.D., ‘86, chair of the College of the Holy Cross board of trustees, has been named permanent dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and chief academic officer (CAO) for Tufts Medicine, the university announced today.

Holy Cross Student Invited To Speak at Historic White House Conference on Hunger

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Despite her short time on The Hill, first-year student Phoebe Wong ‘26 has already made a lasting impact on the campus community and beyond. In a recent Worcester Telegram & Gazette article, Wong talked about her upbringing, her desire to …

Russian Pop Star’s Condemnation of the War in Ukraine Is No Ordinary Anti-War Statement, Says Holy Cross Russian Studies Professor

The Conversation

Russia’s defining 20th-century pop star, Alla Pugacheva, declared her opposition to the invasion of Ukraine on Instagram earlier this month, emerging as the most significant A-list Russian celebrity to come out against the war.  In a recent piece for The …

Holy Cross Listed Among 53 Prettiest College Campuses in America by Architectural Digest

Magazine notes Mount St. James' "incredible landscape design."

College of the Holy Cross is among “The 53 Prettiest College Campuses in America,” according to Architectural Digest’s recently published list for 2022.  The magazine, which considered both architectural legacy and setting, noted the College’s “incredible landscape design” and its …

Queen Elizabeth II’s Lifelong Commitment to Interfaith Dialogue Was Like No Other, Says Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor

The Conversation

Queen Elizabeth II recognized that the United Kingdom was a multifaith nation and was diligent in her work to foster religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue. Will King Charles III do the same? In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, professor …

Synodal Gatherings Highlight Cultural Divides Within Global Catholicism, Says Religious Studies Professor

The Conversation

Two synodal gatherings going on now in the Catholic Church — the “Synodal Way” of the German church and the “Synod on Synodality” of the bishops of the Catholic Church — are drawing tensions within Catholicism, which are expected to …

Pontiffs Must Demonstrate ‘Extraordinary Virtue’ to Become Saints, Says Religious Studies Professor

The Conversation

On Sept. 4, 2022, Pope John Paul I will be beatified, which is the last step before being canonized as a Catholic saint, begging the question: Does every pope become a saint? In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, professor …

Holy Cross’ Nick Lazzaro ‘23 Makes ’40 Under Forty’ List

Worcester Business Journal

Nick Lazzaro ‘23, a political science major, was recently named to Worcester Business Journal’s 2022 “40 Under Forty” list. The list, which is published annually, recognizes “outstanding young leaders who are shaking up the Central Mass business community. These business …

Money Magazine Ranks Holy Cross No. 5 Among Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Nation

The College was also ranked No. 32 for best value overall in the nation

The College of the Holy Cross ranks No. 5 on Money Magazine’s list of “10 Best Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2022. According to Money Magazine, a subsidiary of TIME Inc., the list was compiled to help prospective students interested in …