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St. Thomas experts to discuss Pope Francis and the Church in the U.S.

University of St. Thomas theology assistant professor Massimo Faggioli, who helped translate the pope’s recent interview, is one of the faculty experts.

A panel of experts from the University of St. Thomas will discuss the impact of Pope Francis and what is happening in the Catholic Church in the U.S. on Nov. 14.

“The Church of Francis: Discussion on the Beginning of a Pontificate” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the OEC Auditorium on the university’s St. Paul Campus, 2115 Summit Ave.

One of the panelists will be Massimo Faggioli, an assistant professor considered an international expert on papal affairs. He helped translate the wide-ranging September interview given by Pope Francis, in which the pontiff said that the Catholic Church as a whole cannot spend all its time talking about sex, gays and abortion because it has a wider mission.

Other UST theology members on the panel are:

  • Corrine Carvalho
  • Paul Wojda
  • John Martens
  • Michael Hollerich, moderator

Organizers note that Pope Francis “surprised many Catholics and non-Catholics with his style, his language and his view of the church.”

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The event is free and open to the public.