March 9, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | SJU's Notre Dame Chapel (SJ1)
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About the Lecture
Dr. Massimo Faggioli's lecture will try and offer an assessment of Pope Francis’ pontificate at ten years from his election on March 13, 2013. Among the topics addressed by the lecture: Francis’ ressourcement of Vatican II against traditionalism and fundamentalism; the relationship between the Church and the world, between internal issues and global challenges; the handling of the abuse crisis; the turn to a “synodal Church”. The presentation will offer a few insights on the historical and theological meaning of Pope Francis’ pontificate.
Dr. Massimo Faggioli
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, a married lay Roman Catholic, is full professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He worked in the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” in Bologna between 1996 and 2008.
Faggioli was co-chair of the study group “Vatican II Studies” for the American Academy of Religion between 2012 and 2017. He has a column in La Croix International, and is contributing writer for Commonweal magazine and for the Italian magazine Il Regno. He is co-editor with Bryan Froehle of the new series “Studies in Global Catholicism” for Brill Publishers (first volume scheduled 2021). His books and articles have been published in more than ten languages. His most recent publications include the books: A Council for the Global Church: Receiving Vatican II in History (Fortress, 2015); The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II (Paulist, 2016); Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century (Liturgical Press 2017); La onda larga del Vaticano II: Por un nuevo posconcilio (Universidad Alberto Hurtado: Santiago de Chile, 2017).
His latest books are The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving Toward Global Catholicity (Orbis Books, 2020) and Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States (Bayard 2021). He co-edited with Catherine Clifford The Oxford Handbook of Vatican II (Oxford University Press, 2022) and he is under contract with Oxford University Press for a book on the history of the Roman Curia. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their two children.
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