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Believe it or not, Pope Francis has been in office for less than a year! In less than 12 months since his election to the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis has initiated Vatican reforms, personally reached out to the faithful in need of support, and inspired the Catholic faithful – both committed and lapsed. His influence has been felt outside of the Catholic Church through his ecumenical and interreligious dialogues, as well as his public ministry to the marginalized in Rome.

Now, in order to mark the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’s election, The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is hosting a symposium, titled Habemus Papam +1: The First Year of Pope Francis.

The Hank Center symposium will feature an array of prominent speakers in panel sessions including Hon. Miguel Diaz, Dr. Susan Ross, John Allen Jr., Rev. Peter Bernardi SJ, Rev. Matt Malone SJ, Rev. Gustavo Morello SJ, and Kenneth Woodward.

* Please join us, immediately following the panel discussion, for a special alumni reception in Piper Hall at 5:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Session I: 1–1:45 p.m.
  • Professor Gustavo Morello, S.J. (Boston College)
    Pope Francis and Argentinian Catholicism
  • Professor Peter Bernardi, S.J. (Loyola University Chicago)
    Francis, S.J., Bishop of Rome: Toward a New Balance
Session II: 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Professor Susan Ross (Loyola University Chicago)
  • Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. (Editor in chief, America magazine)
    Pope Francis and the Kairos Moment of Mercy
  • Hon. Professor Miguel Diaz (Dayton University; former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See)
    The Church as a Field Hospital: Encountering God in All Things
Keynote address: 3:45–4:45 p.m.
  • John L. Allen Jr. (CNN Vaticanologist; associate editor at The Boston Globe)
    Pillars of the Francis Revolution
Panel discussion: 4:45–5:30 p.m.
  • Kenneth Woodward, the former religion editor for Newsweek, will moderate a discussion and Q&A session with the speakers at the end of the day.
* Join us in Piper Hall after the event for a complimentary reception from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Contact Information

LUC Alumni Relations
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915 - 7660

Date & Location

Date: 3/27/2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Information Commons (4th Floor)
6501 N. Kenmore Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60626

Piper Hall | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


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