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Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga speaks at Latino Leader Gathering

Latino Leader Gatherings

The Initiative regularly brings together young Latino Catholics and others to explore key issues and personal stories involving faith and public life with distinguished Latinos and other leaders. These events also offer valuable opportunities for discussion, reflection, networking at happy hours and receptions, and community-building. These gatherings are supported by the Initiative’s Latino Leadership Group which is made up of leaders in Latino communities.  Past topics include the impact of a pope from Latin America, immigration issues, and lay leadership among Latinos.


People stand in floodwater in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017.

Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Latino Priorities

Pope Francis declared nine years ago in his powerful encyclical Laudato Si’ that “a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS 49). It is an idea…


Breaking Barriers: Latinos and Education, Economic Mobility, and the Catholic Church (Video)

January 29, 2024

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes

Strengthening Community and Resisting Individualism (Video)

October 18, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 4 minutes

Human Dignity and the Migration Crisis at the U.S. Southern Border (Video)

April 24, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes