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October 1, 2013

The Francis Factor

The first six months of Pope Francis' leadership has been marked by interest and excitement among Catholics and many others around the world. How are the simple ways and powerful words of the new pope impacting American public life? The inaugural dialogue of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life examined this question.
The PBS NewsHour team of Mark Shields and David Brooks, along with Kim Daniels and Alexia Kelley, discussed how Pope Francis' new leadership is impacting the public square. Initiative Director John Carr moderated the discussion. Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia provided opening remarks.

>> Click here for Cardinal Wuerl's remarks

>> Click here for President DeGioia's remarks

Participants

David Brooks

David Brooks

David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for the New York Times since September 2003 and is currently a commentator on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. He is the author of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and...
John Carr

John Carr

John Carr is the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. He is also Washington correspondent of America Magazine. During the 2012-2013 academic year he held a residential fellowship at the...
Kim Daniels

Kim Daniels

Kim Daniels is the spokesperson for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prior to that she was director of Catholic Voices USA, an organization that works to bring the positive message of the Church to the public...
John DeGioia

John DeGioia

John J. DeGioia is the forty-eighth president of Georgetown University and a professorial lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. For more than three decades, he has served the Georgetown community in both senior administrative and academic...
Alexia Kelley

Alexia Kelley

Alexia Kelley serves as president and CEO of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), a network of nearly 50 Catholic foundations and philanthropists focused on supporting the Catholic Church and Catholic activities in...
Mark Shields

Mark Shields

Mark Shields is a national columnist and commentator who has provided the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS with national campaign analysis since 1988, and he also appears as a panelist on Inside Washington. In addition, Shields spent 17 years as...
Donald Wuerl

Donald Wuerl

Donald Cardinal Wuerl is the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, DC and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010. He serves on numerous national and international bodies, including the Vatican Congregations for the Doctrine of the...