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The coronavirus pandemic is not only a global health calamity, but an unprecedented economic, governmental, political, and moral crisis, raising fundamental questions about who we are, what we believe, and how we should act to protect human life and…

View of Faith and the Faithful dialogue in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University

Faith and the Faithful

The place of faith and the roles of the faithful in U.S. politics are often misunderstood and neglected, generate confusion and conflict, and are changing and challenging both religious communities and political leaders and parties. This series of…

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

The horrific moral, human, and spiritual costs of the clergy sexual abuse crisis are undermining faith and destroying trust in the Catholic Church. This series of dialogues has brought together survivors, theologians, journalists, parishioners, and…

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican

Pope Francis

Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has inspired the world and challenged the Church with his humble ways and powerful words. These dialogues focus on Pope Francis’ mission and message, his impacts and challenges, and responses to his…

President Barack Obama speaks at a National Leadership Convening on poverty in May 2015


Overcoming poverty in the richest nation on earth is a moral imperative and urgent national priority. Poverty has economic, political, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. These dialogues explore the human and moral costs of poverty and how people…

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Immigrants and Refugees

“Welcoming the stranger” is a biblical mandate, but policies on immigration and refugees divide the United States. These dialogues explore the human impacts, moral principles, and policy directions regarding this important and contentious topic that…