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Public Dialogue Panelists in Gaston Hall

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.


Participants in the October 2023 Synod on Synodality in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican

The Francis Factor at 11 Years

Eleven years ago Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica with words of welcome and gestures of humility. He has spent the following years emphasizing that we are called to be a “poor Church for the poor” committed to the most vulnerable among us. Pope Francis prefers “a…


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Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

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