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March 30, 2016

Faith, Francis, and the 2016 Campaign

Showing the Faith, Francis, and the 2016 Campaign Video

Where does faith fit into the angry and unpredictable politics of 2016? A distinguished panel of analysts and commentators examined the role of faith in the choices of voters, the appeals of candidates and the primaries, caucuses, and general election. The Dialogue also explored what impact Pope Francis is having – or not having – in the 2016 elections.

Tom Banchoff, vice president for Global Engagement, offered opening remarks. John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, moderated the conversation. They were joined by EWTN News correspondent Lauren Ashburn, Washington Post columnist and Georgetown professor E.J. Dionne, Jr., The Atlantic writer and editor Emma Green, Pew Research Center associate director Gregory Smith, and National Catholic Reporter Michael Sean Winters.

Lauren Ashburn is the White House correspondent and political director for EWTN News Nightly. 

E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a Washington Post columnist and professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.

Emma Green (C'12)​ is a writer and editor for The Atlantic politics section covering religion and public life.

Gregory Smith is the associate director of research on religion and politics at Pew Research Center.

Michael Sean Winters is an author and columnist for National Catholic Reporter that features his blog "Distinctly Catholic."