Pope Francis and the Reform of the Church

August 31, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

“In responding to the grave challenges caused by the present pandemic, we Christians are guided by the wisdom and strength born of the virtues of faith, hope and love.” With these words, Pope Francis began his catechesis series on the COVID-19 pandemic. Time and time again, Pope Francis has focused his attention on the dignity of the human being, and particularly on the poor of wealth and spirit. The reform of the Catholic Church engaged by Pope Francis begins in a face-to-face approach to addressing the urgent issues of our time. The conversion of the heart is central to reform efforts that put the human being at the center of a new global narrative—one without distinction for race, religion, or nationality. The global leadership of the Pope is based on substitution of particular interests (economic, political, financial) with a singular interest in human dignity.

The event brought together three speakers who discussed the role and the reform of the Catholic Church in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, and building a new narrative around Church reform. Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., director of La Civiltà Cattolica, made introductions.

This event was sponsored by La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University and co-sponsored by Georgetown's Initiative for Catholic Social Thought in Public Life and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

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