The 2014-2015 Higgins Lecture on Religion and the Media
A new messenger and new media: what Pope Francis is teaching us From the moment he walked onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis dramatically shifted the entire media narrative about the Catholic Church. Two years later, his style of communicating continues to challenge assumptions about the papacy, the church, and what was thought to be an inherently antagonistic relationship between religion and media. Veteran religion writer David Gibson will argue that Pope Francis helps us to 2014- 2015 2014-2015 Lectures in Catholic Experience | C. L. Siegfried Hall | 7:30-9:30 P.M. (Doors open 6:45 p.m.) Free of Charge | Free Parking* | Wheelchair Accessible | Refreshments Served BUILDING a CULTURE of ENCOUNTER understand media as a carrier of public meaning as well as a business. Such an understanding can have a significant impact on the way that religion is covered and, consequently, on religion’s contribution to society.
David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He is a national correspondent for Religion News Service and was in Rome to cover the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis. He also blogs at Commonweal magazine and has written several books on Catholic topics. Mr. Gibson recently helped Sister Simone Campbell with her memoir, A Nun on the Bus (HarperOne, 2014).
This lecture is endowed by a special fund created by friends in memory of Dr. Michael Higgins, a past president of St. Jerome’s University.