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E.J. Dionne speaking to audience at Salt and Light Gathering

Salt and Light Gatherings

The Initiative regularly brings together young Catholics in Washington to explore links between faith, Catholic social thought, and their lives and work, especially on public policy. These unique Salt and Light Gatherings are for Catholics under 40 years old who work on Capitol Hill or in the administration, other branches of government, or public policy organizations. They are held in the Capitol or at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies, with presentations and discussion on a critical topic, opportunities for networking, and a happy hour and reception.


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Young Catholics and Climate Change

The climate crisis is a global challenge threatening both the natural world and the poor around the world. In the United States and in other nations, young people are leading the response to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” through social movements, organizing efforts, policy


Young Catholics and Climate Change (Video)

April 27, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 2 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