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Massimo Faggioli Assesses “Francis@Ten”

Massimo Faggioli Assesses “Francis@Ten”

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The 40th Anniversary of St. Jerome’s University’s (SJU) Lectures in Catholic Experience series continues on March 9th with special guest Professor Massimo Faggioli, from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Faggioli will offer an assessment of “Francis@Ten”: Pope Francis’ pontificate at ten years from his election on March 13, 2013. Among the topics addressed in the lecture will be Francis’ ressourcement of Vatican II against traditionalism and fundamentalism; the relationship between the Church and the world, between internal issues and global challenges; the handling of the abuse crisis; and the turn to a “synodal Church”. The presentation will also offer insights on the historical and theological meaning of Pope Francis’ pontificate.


“Massimo Faggioli is a leading authority on the history of the Church, and his special interest in the Second Vatican Council will no doubt be clearly reflected in his thoughts on the tenth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis,” noted SJU’s President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan. “His insights promise to be of interest to both Catholics and members of the general public who are curious about the pope as a world leader. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Faggioli on March 9th.”


Faggioli’s experience includes being co-chair of the study group “Vatican II Studies” for the American Academy of Religion, between 2012 and 2017. He has a column in La Croix International and is a contributing writer for Commonweal magazine and for the Italian magazine Il Regno. Among his books and articles that have been published in more than ten languages, his latest are The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving Toward Global Catholicity (Orbis Books, 2020) and Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States (Bayard 2021). Faggioli also co-edited with Catherine Clifford The Oxford Handbook of Vatican II (Oxford University Press, 2022) and he is under contract with Oxford University Press for a book on the history of the Roman Curia. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their two children.


The Francis@Ten” presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. in SJU's Notre Dame Chapel (SJ1) on campus. Everyone is welcome! Please register your in person attendance for this lecture using the following link, to assist us with our planning. For more information about this lecture please visit the event page. This lecture is generously sponsored by The Higgins Lecture on Religion and Media.


Guests unable to attend in person are welcome to visit the event page on the evening of the lecture to access the live stream link. The lecture is also being recorded and will be available in the LCE PAST LECTURES area of the website following the event.


Interested in taking a journey back through 40 years of LCE lectures? Recordings are uploaded to our website and are available using the PAST LECTURES link found on the main Lectures in Catholic Experience page.



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