Pope Francis – Mercy for a Troubled World


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It’s becoming clear that Pope Francis is one of the most compelling leaders the Catholic Church has had for a generation. But he’s also respected by people who share different faith traditions, and even non-religious backgrounds. And he is absolutely changing the way people look at the Catholic Church.

So for this year’s Founders Day and Francis Factor Lecture, internationally known Vatican expert — John Allen, Jr. — will be discuss “Pope Francis - Mercy for a Troubled World.”

Francis Factor/Founders Day Lecture
Sept. 14, 2016, 7 p.m.
Francis Hall Theater
Free and open to the public

Pope Francis has declared 2016 as the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Extraordinary Jubilees are called to emphasize a particular event or theme, outside of the normal 25 year Jubilee cycle.

Mercy is a central theme of Pope Francis’ papacy. And he made it clear that now is the time for real mercy when he said, “it is the favorable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone, everyone, the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.”

John Allen, Jr. is arguably one of the top Catholic journalists in the world. He serves as editor of the website “Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse,” specializing in news about the Catholic Church in partnership with the Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus.

He worked in Rome for 16 years as a Vatican watcher, covering news about the Holy See and the Pope. During that time he was senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and an analyst of Vatican affairs for CNN and NPR. He is also the author of more than 10 books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs.

Veteran religion writer Kenneth Woodward of Newsweek described Allen as the journalist other reporters — and not just a few cardinals — look to for the inside story on how all the pope’s men direct the world’s largest church.

Alvernia’s Founders Day Lecture tradition began in 2008, as part of the university’s 50th anniversary commemoration. By exploring a mission-centered topic, the lecture celebrates the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters who founded Alvernia.

The “Francis Factor: Past, Present, Future” series launched in 2016, and is sponsored by Alvernia's Mission Integration Office. Topics delve into Pope Francis as a servant leader and explore ways he is influencing the embrace of the Gospel in the Church and wider world. The series builds on our recently concluded Vatican II series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Through Francis Factor lectures, we hope to continue developing a deeper understanding of Alvernia’s Catholic heritage and Franciscan identity.

All Lecture Series events at Alvernia University are free and open to the public.

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