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Francis Factor Dialogues

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The Initiative’s Francis Factor dialogues focus on Pope Francis’ mission and message, his priorities and leadership, his impact, and the challenges he offers to U.S. Catholics.

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Pope Francis waves his hand at a Wednesday Audience in Vatican City

The Francis Factor at Nine Years

Nine years ago, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit archbishop from Argentina, was introduced to a surprised world as Pope Francis. He bowed his head and asked us all to pray for him as he began to lead…

Audience member asks a question to The Francis Factor Today panel in Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University

The Francis Factor Today

More than six years ago, Jorgé Mario Bergoglio was elected the first Jesuit and Latin American pope. In choosing the name Francis, he signaled his priorities: “a poor Church for the poor,” peace, and…

Pope Francis waves at a crowd of people gathered.

The Francis Factor After Four Years

Four years after the Pope’s surprising election and four months after a surprising U.S. election, what is Pope Francis’ message to leaders of our nation and members of the Catholic Church? What appear…

The Pope, Politics, and Policy

The Pope, Politics, and Policy

Pope Francis’ actions and ideas are reshaping public discussion in the United States and around the world. His strong articulation of Catholic social teaching and attention to issues of economic…