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Mercy: The Key to Pope Francis' Reforms

When Nov 06, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where St Edmund's College, Garden Room
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Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope in 2013 he has championed the neglected theological theme of mercy. He argues that mercy is the key attribute of God and therefore ought to characterise the life of the Church and the lives of all individual Christians. This comes at a time when, in public life and discourse, the concept of mercy is becoming ever more peripheral to, and even outlawed in, the public square. The ramifications of the Pope’s programme of reforms can only be understood within the overall theological dynamic of mercy.  

Austen Ivereigh is a journalist and commentator on religious and political affairs who holds a DPhil from Oxford University. He is well known on British media, especially on the BBC, Sky, ITV and Al-Jazeera, as a Catholic commentator. He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Tablet and editorial advisor to The Way. An expert on South American politics, and Argentina in particular, he is author of Catholicism and Politics in Argentina, 1810-1960 (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1995). His most recent, bestselling, work is The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (London: Allen & Unwin, 2014).

The lecture is free to attend and will be followed by refreshments.


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