Father Robert Barron has been hired by NBC News as a contributor and analyst to report on the departure of Pope Benedict XVI and then to cover the events that will lead to the election of the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Father Barron will be seen on NBC network broadcasts that will include appearances on MSNBC and CNBC. During the past several weeks, he has appeared on the Today Show and the NBC Nightly News.
Father Barron is the founder of the global Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, and he is the rector and president of Mundelein Seminary University of St. Mary of the Lake in Chicago.
During the remaining days that will culminate in Pope Benedict’s departure, Father Barron will cover events from New York. He then is expected to travel to Rome to cover the conclave that will elect a successor.
Father Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM, an award-winning documentary series about the Catholic Faith. The series has been broadcast on PBS and EWTN, and it has been seen in parishes, universities, schools and on media outlets worldwide.
Father Barron was appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary during 1992, and he also has served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican.