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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 leadership.


Pope Francis in Iraq (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis Factor Dialogues

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.


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…


The Francis Factor at 11 Years (Video)

March 12, 2024

Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes

Caring for the Environment and Each Other: Pope Francis’ Follow-up to Laudato Si’ (Video)

October 12, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 6 minutes

A Dialogue with Cardinal Michael Czerny on the Tenth Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis (Video)

March 13, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes