If I were in Boston, this is where I'd be next Tuesday evening:
Pope Francis and the Future of the Global Church
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
• Francesco Cesareo, President, Assumption College
• Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Theology Department
• Mar Muñoz-Visoso, Executive Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB
Moderator: M. Shawn Copeland, Professor, Theology Department
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Pope Francis was elected Bishop of Rome in March 2013 following the first papal resignation in nearly six hundred years, and he leads the global Roman Catholic Church at a time of great turmoil and great promise. Francis immediately set a new tone for the papacy, but the impact of his leadership remains unclear this early in his reign. As the anniversary of his election approaches, this panel brings together four experts of diverse experience and perspective for a robust discussion. Topics will include inter-religious dialogue, the new evangelization, the status of women and women religious, the Jesuits, liberation theology, the Church and the global south, the Curia and Francis' continuities and discontinuities with his recent successors.