Conference - Francis the Pilgrim: From Personal Devotion to Papal Diplomacy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
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Danielle Kane
McFarland Ctr. for Religion, Ethics and Culture

This conference will take Francis’ own devotional life, as demonstrated through his pilgrimages and the symbols he chooses to surround himself with, as a starting point to interpret the papacy of Francis in its goals, objectives and outcomes.
Austen Ivereigh, London-based Catholic journalist and author of "The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope" (Henry Holt, 2014) opens the conference with a keynote at 4:30 p.m. Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., senior analyst at Religion News Service and former editor-in-chief of the weekly Catholic magazine America, gives his address at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday morning, Elise Harris, senior correspondent covering the Vatican for Catholic News Service/ EWTN News, and Inés San Martín, an Argentinean journalist who covers the Vatican for Crux, will center on Pope Francis’ recent travels, including his pilgrimage to Fatima and controversial visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, while a panel will consider his missed opportunities. 
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