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What Does a Biden Presidency Mean to Catholics? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Opines

Boston 25 News

When President-elect Joe Biden assumes office in January, he will become only the second Catholic president in U.S. history, following John F. Kennedy.  In an interview with Boston 25 News, Mathew Schmalz, professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy …

A New Patron Saint of the Internet? Holy Cross Professor Explains the Process of Becoming a Saint

The Conversation

In what has been considered a puzzling act by some, a teenage computer whiz from Italy – nicknamed “the patron saint of the internet” – was beatified on Oct. 10, 2020, making him the first millennial to be put on …

Holy Cross Course Examines Health Care as Common Good

Students analyze theological perspectives on medical ethics, health care and more

Many students first learn about HeLa cells in a science course. These human cells were the first to grow indefinitely in a laboratory setting, which is why they’re commonly referred to as “immortal.” The cell line has been used for …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Reflects on the History and Meaning Behind Oaths of Office

The Conversation

The Supreme Court nomination and subsequent confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett have shined a spotlight on her alleged commitment to the Christian religious group, People of Praise, and raised concerns for some over her impartiality if she is approved …

What Is the Catholic Charismatic Faith? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Explains

The Conversation

When Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated as President Donald Trump’s pick to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, media focus immediately turned to her reported membership in “People of Praise,” a nondenominational Christian charismatic community formed in …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Receives $5,000 Grant from the Wabash Center

The award will be used to promote diversity and equity within teaching and learning at the College

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Tat siong Benny Liew has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to explore teaching and learning about race and racial dynamics in ways that …

Can A Black Plague-Era Author Be a Spiritual Guide in Our Current Pandemic? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Explains

America Magazine

In a recent commentary for America Magazine, Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, assistant professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, writes about the timely relevance of the work of Julian of Norwich, an English anchorite of the Middle Ages, who lived through the Black Plague. What …

Holy Cross Professor on How the Hebrew Bible Speaks to Us in the Time of COVID-19

Commonweal Magazine

In a recent commentary for Commonweal Magazine, Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, assistant professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, points to the Hebrew Bible as an important source of wisdom, having made the connection between war and pandemic in Psalm 91—known as the “Song of …

Four Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

The faculty members represent three departments: English, religious studies, and sociology and anthropology

03/10/20 by

Whether researching graphic novels or studying the ethics of major companies, Holy Cross faculty members are making significant, lasting impacts on their fields. Learn more about the four recently promoted faculty members below.

Euronews Quotes Judaic Studies Professor on Controversial War-Time Pope Archives


More than 150 historians and researchers around the world have signed up to access the Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII set to be released on March 2, showing overwhelming interest into the World War II-era pope and his record …

Student Government Association Holds Sexual Respect Week on Campus

Events throughout the week highlighted topics of consent, healing and different meanings of love

02/18/20 by

When the Student Government Association (SGA) started discussing important topics to address at the beginning of the 2019 fall semester, one word kept coming up: respect. “In conversations among all branches — judicial, council, Senate — we wanted to highlight …

Cantor Art Gallery Exhibit Featured in New York Times ‘Best Art of 2019’ List

Dharma and Punya exhibit dubbed 'a gem' by longtime arts critic Holland Cotter

The prestigious New York Times Art & Design section released their “Best Art of 2019” as determined by their art critics. Making co-chief art critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Holland Cotter’s list was our own Iris & B. Gerald Cantor …

Religious Studies Professor Highlights Challenges Faced by Jehovah’s Witnesses Sexual Abuse Survivors


It’s been months since the New York Child Victims Act was signed into law allowing adult survivors of child sexual abuse to sue an abuser or a negligent institution regardless of when the abuse took place, and hundreds of new …

The Climate Crisis: Holy Cross Students, Faculty and Staff Explore a Warming World

Campus-wide conversations, a climate strike and a commitment to reducing carbon emissions are among the green initiatives underway

11/07/19 by

Climate change is such a large, global challenge, it can be hard to imagine how a single person can make an impact. But not for Renee LeBlanc ’21, an environmental studies and political science double major, and co-chair of the …

Religious Studies Professor Discusses Vatican’s New Smartphone App in The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Catholic spirituality is based in thousands of years of history and tradition but now it’s getting a bit of an upgrade. Last week, the Vatican announced a new “eRosary” app that will allow Catholics around the world to practice their …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Brings Artistry of Nepal, Greater Understanding of Buddhism to Campus

After three years of extensive planning, Todd Lewis brought the 'Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal' exhibit to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery

When Todd Lewis decided to study Buddhism in graduate school, he wanted to explore the least- examined Buddhist place in the world: Nepal. Post-graduation, Lewis set out on what was supposed to be a yearlong Fulbright trip to the Himalayan …

Holy Cross Professor Writes About the Secrecy of Confession in the Catholic Church

The Conversation

On Sept. 11, 2019, the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania passed bills requiring priests to report any child abuse revealed in the confessional, a move criticized by religious liberty advocates and representatives of the Catholic Church worldwide for invading …

Delaney Wells ’20 Has a Global Dedication to Disability Rights

The senior spent her summer researching the stigmatization of disability in Ugandan churches

10/03/19 by

In her junior year, Delaney Wells ’20 interned in the Disability Rights section of the Department of Justice during the Washington Semester Program. There, the religious studies major with a concentration in peace and conflict studies learned about a group …

Religious Studies Professor Reflects on the History of the Cross in Christianity

The Conversation

The cross as a symbol of Christianity has a complex and controversial history, originating even before the death of Christ. We are reminded of that rich history on September 14 each year, as Catholics and other Christians celebrate the Feast …

Eight Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

The newly promoted faculty members answer questions about their scholarship and more — from insect diversity to Mozart.

09/26/19 by

They’ve spent years teaching at College of the Holy Cross and advancing research in their respective fields. Now, eight faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor. Learn more about their scholarship, their time at Holy Cross …