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Theology Alumna Melanie Howard Wins Essay Prize


Melanie A. Howard, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Master in Theological Studies (MTS) program, has won the 2011-12 Word & World Essay Prize for Doctoral Candidates. The prize is sponsored by Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry, a quarterly journal published by Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. Joseph S. Khalil, a current Ph.D. student in the department, won the prize last year. Read More

Notre Dame theologians react to resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Author: Michael O. Garvey

University of Notre Dame theologians are reacting to today’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he intends to resign from the papal post at the end of this month.


Notre Dame religious historian R. Scott Appleby praised Pope Benedict’s announcement as an act of courage.

“Pope Benedict XVI has acted courageously in announcing his resignation from the papacy at the end of this month,” Appleby said. “He leaves behind a church still staggering from the sexual abuse crisis, weakened by bureaucratic infighting, curial scandals and papal gaffes, and facing by a host of challenges—to which the pope alluded in his statement today. Read More