October 1, 2013

The Francis Factor

The first six months of Pope Francis' leadership were marked by interest and excitement among Catholics and many others around the world. How were the simple ways and powerful words of the new pope impacting American public life? The inaugural dialogue of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life examined this question.

Showing the The Francis Factor Video


Panelists discussed how Pope Francis' new leadership is impacting the public square.

  • Mark Shields, national columnist for the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and panelist on Inside Washington
  • David Brooks, op-ed columnist for the New York Times and commentator for the PBS NewsHour with Jim, Lehrer
  • Kim Daniels, former spokesperson for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and former director and co-founder of Catholic Voices USA
  • Alexia Kelley, president and CEO of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA)

Initiative Director John Carr moderated the discussion. Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia provided opening remarks.