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

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