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March 30

Cover of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation,
Love, Joy, and Sex: Reflections on Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia in a Divided Church (details)

Love, joy, and sex all play a part in Pope Francis'  2016 apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, and one year after its release, the world's Catholics remain fiercely divided over what it means in daily life. This panel explores its meaning—and its hopes and challenges—for both lay and clergy Catholics, especially those in the global South.

April 5

Dove, symbol of peace, constructed out of words
Catholic Radicalism in the Age of Trump

In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can't Happen Here, a cautionary look at how fascism could take hold in America. Eighty years later, after Trump's election, some pundits claim that it's starting to happen or could happen. But Michael Baxter, former Catholic Peace Fellowship director, contends that some aspects of today's political scene have been underway for decades. He looks to Catholic radicalism as a response, exploring its tradition through authors like Dorothy Day and Alasdair MacIntyre.

April 28–30

Lutheran-Catholic ecumenical gathering with Pope Francis, Oct. 2016
Gathered in My Name: Ecumenism and the World Church

In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Germany, sparking the Reformation. This April, speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile, and Sri Lanka come together
for World Catholicism Week 2017 to discuss the Reformation's lingering repercussions in the global South  and the efforts there to bridge ecclesial divides.

May 25

An altar for Our Lady of Guadalupe with pictures, candles, flowers
Mary of Guadalupe: Not Just for Catholics Anymore

As Notre Dame professor and Lutheran minister Maxwell Johnson explains, over the last 20-30 years, Protestants have begun to welcome Our Lady of Guadalupe's story into their prayer life and worship. Given the multicultural dynamic of today's churches (Catholic and Protestant alike), it’s impossible to dismiss the cultural elements of a person's faith like Mary of Guadalupe—she’s not just for Catholics anymore.