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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.


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 with humble ways, powerful words, and a call to live out the joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis’ mission…


The Francis Factor at Nine Years (Video)

March 1, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes

Social Media: Real Connection or the Illusion of Communication? (Video)

December 2, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

Resisting a Throwaway Culture (Video)

November 4, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes