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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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Participants in the October 2023 Synod on Synodality in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican

The Francis Factor at 11 Years

Eleven years ago Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica with words of welcome and gestures of humility. He has spent the following years emphasizing that we are called to be a…

Pope Francis with young boy at Catholic Charities Luncheon in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2015

The Francis Factor at Ten Years

The Initiative’s inaugural Public Dialogue in 2013 was on “The Francis Factor,” examining how Pope Francis' new leadership of the Catholic Church might shape our Church and nation. A decade later…

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…