A New Vision for the Church: Pope Francis’ Agenda for the Church, World, and Social Justice

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) is the first major document to reflect his own vision for the Catholic Church. It engages the Church-world relationship in multiple constructive ways, and this symposium will explore four distinct themes of the document.

The program will open with a discussion of Francis’ agenda for Church reform and pastoral provision. A second panel will examine the social justice agenda of the document, and a third panel will explore the related global agenda for peace, reconciliation, and international affairs. The final panel will consider prospects for the Church's future in light of the document and the Pope's vision for the Church in general.

Welcome and Opening of Symposium | Thomas Banchoff, John J. DeGioia

A New Vision for the Church? Evangelii Gaudium and Pope Francis’ Ecclesiology | José Casanova, Dennis Doyle, Gerard Mannion, Sandra Mazzolini

A Church of and for the Poor: the Social Vision of Evangelii Gaudium | Mary Doak, Katherine Marshall, Joseph McCartin, William Werpehowski

The Church and World in the Twenty-First Century: The Global Vision of Evangelii Gaudium | John Borelli, Drew Christiansen, Judith Gruber, Maryanne Loughry

Evangelii Gaudium: Where the Church Goes from Here | Virgilio Elizondo, Massimo Faggioli, David Hollenbach, Gerard Mannion, Maureen O’Connell

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