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Current Events

On the heels of Pope Francis' newest book, The Works of Mercy, we are hosting a lecture series this year focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy,* in addition to our visiting scholars' public presentations and World Catholicism Week in April.
*The seven Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus; they give us a model for how we should treat all others—as if they were Christ in disguise—and respond to the basic physical (corporal) needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.

September 28

Children in an IDP camp in Central African Republic
Welcoming the Stranger—In a Throwaway Culture, "Turning Away" People?

As part of our "Corporal Works of Mercy" series, America Magazine's chief correspondent, Kevin Clarke, discusses the the global refugee crisis and the sadly familiar response of indifference and responsibility-shifting. Here at home in the U.S., what will it take to reach people in the pews and policymakers in Washington?

October 19

Bowl of peanuts in South Sudan
Feeding the Hungry—The Challenges in Haiti & South Sudan

Using Haiti and South Sudan as examples, Chris Herlinger, coauthor of Food Fight: Struggling for Justice in a Hungry World, gives this second talk in the "Corporal Works of Mercy" series, on global food policies and long-standing internal obstacles within countries that contribute to the food challenges they face.