Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life
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.
“Fraternal coexistence calls for patient and honest dialogue, protected by justice and by respect for law. This task is not easy; it demands hard work and a commitment on the part of all to set aside…
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…
Five years ago, Pope Benedict XVI resigned and a Jesuit from Argentina was elected, chose the name Francis, and began to move the world and challenge the Church with his humble ways and powerful…
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…