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Pope Francis and the Future of the Global Church


This program will be broadcast live here on February 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. For those who would like to participate in an online discussion during the event may do so on Twitter using #FrancisYear1. Questions for the panelists may also be posed through email at publife@bc.edu

Pope Francis was elected Bishop of Rome in March 2013 following the first papal resignation in nearly six hundred years, and he leads the global Roman Catholic Church at a time of great turmoil and great promise. Francis immediately set a new tone for the papacy, but the impact of his leadership remains unclear this early in his reign. As the anniversary of his election approaches, this panel brings together four experts of diverse experience and perspective for a robust discussion. Topics will include inter-religious dialogue, the new evangelization, the status of women and women religious, the Jesuits, liberation theology, the Church and the global south, the Curia and Francis' continuities and discontinuities with his recent successors.

Format: Panel discussion

Presenter(s): M. Shawn Copeland, Francesco Cesareo, Richard Gaillardetz, and Mar Munoz-Visosa

Sponsored by: Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and The Church in the 21st Century Center

Date: February 25, 2014

Location: Gasson 100