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Public Dialogues

The Initiative hosts civil and substantive Public Dialogues on the implications of Catholic social thought in public life and on key domestic and international policy issues involving respected policymakers, journalists, scholars, religious leaders, and other experts. More than 90 Public Dialogues have drawn more than 215,000 people to hear diverse perspectives on faith and politics, Pope Francis’ leadership, poverty and economics, immigration and environment, human life and dignity, terrorism and peace, roles of women in the Church and society, and other global topics.


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Faith and the Faithful in the 2022 Midterm Elections

The November 8 election determined the make-up and control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, shaping policy and politics for the next two years and beyond. This election roundtable continued the Initiative’s ongoing series of Faith and the Faithful dialogues, which examine the roles…


The Consistent Ethic of Life in 2023: Solidarity with Those Who are Poor and Vulnerable (Video)

January 19, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

Faith and the Faithful in the 2022 Midterm Elections (Video)

November 17, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Mark Shields (Video)

September 27, 2022