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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 60 Public Dialogues have drawn more than 20,000 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 2020 Presidential Primaries

On the day after the primary elections and caucuses of Super Tuesday, the Initiative will host a roundtable on Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Presidential Primaries. This timely session will examine the ways religious values and voters are shaping the race for the White House and the broader…


Revolution of the Heart: Washington Premiere of a Major Film on Dorothy Day (Video)

January 27, 2020

Duration: 1 hour 1 minutes

Where Are We Now? Where Do We Need To Go? (Video)

November 4, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ (Video)

September 16, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 1 minutes