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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 75 Public Dialogues have drawn more than 125,000 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.


A young Central American migrant boy

Immigration Challenges and Choices: People, Principles, and Policies

The United States has a new president with new policies on immigration and refugees. There is a new Congress with old divisions. Developments on the U.S.-Mexico border and violence against Asian Americans and immigrants raise old fears and new challenges. The human, moral, social, and economic costs…


Overcoming Poverty as a Moral Imperative and National Priority: Towards “A Better Kind of Politics” (Video)

March 1, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes

Faith and the Faithful in a Time of National Crisis and New Leadership (Video)

January 14, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes

Killing in Our Name: Federal Executions and Pro-life Witness (Video)

January 8, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 6 minutes