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Pope Francis: A Decade of Transformation

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ClassGraphic Embark on a wide-ranging exploration of Pope Francis' decade as the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Delving into his writings, teachings, and actions, we will explore an overview of his papacy. Beginning with an introduction to Pope Francis, we will examine his Argentinian and Jesuit roots, then his election to the papacy. Study group members will discuss and analyze key themes of his pontificate: mercy and forgiveness, social justice, compassion, environmental stewardship, and interfaith dialogue. Navigating through several intricate landscapes, we will examine the Pope’s exhortation on love in the family, his reforms of Church governance, and the challenges and controversies, including internal criticism of his papacy. The journey will also cover Pope Francis' global outreach, diplomatic endeavors, culminating in an exploration of the groundbreaking Synod on Synodality. Members will share their perspectives on Pope Francis’ vision for the Catholic Church, debate his impact on the Church and contemporary world, and reflect on his potential legacy. The coordinators will provide written materials and videos from varied sources, averaging 40-60 pages weekly. Excerpts from Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church (Henry Holt, 2019) by Austen Ivereigh will comprise part of the syllabus.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.George Sullivan2.John Howard3.John Drodow 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/7/2024 - 6/6/2024 Weekly - Thu 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map John Drodow  ; John Howard  ; George Sullivan 
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