Symposium to Provide Inside Glimpse at the Power of the Francis PapacyOctober 3, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 1, Rockhurst University and National Catholic Reporter will co-sponsor a daylong conversation on the milestones and lessons from the first 18 months of Pope Francis’ transformative papacy.

“Becoming a Church of Mercy” will feature speakers from both Rockhurst University, including President the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, and National Catholic Reporter. In a series of presentations and discussions, they will discuss and offer reflections on Pope Francis’ call for a renewed commitment to compassion and social justice and his vision of a “church of mercy and hope where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”

The Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter and former associate editor and writer for America magazine, will deliver the keynote address.

“There is no underestimating the effect that Pope Francis has had since his election,” said Caitlin Hendel, president and CEO of National Catholic Reporter. “With this slate of experts from National Catholic Reporterand Rockhurst University, we want to illustrate how Francis’ leadership by example has rippled across the Catholic Church and the world at large.”

“Becoming a Church of Mercy” is scheduled to begin with a Mass at 8 a.m. in Mabee Chapel. The symposium is scheduled to last throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rockhurst University. Register attendance by visiting rockhurst.edu/popefrancis. Seating is limited.

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