Since he was named to lead the Roman Catholic faith, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, quickly became the “pope of firsts.” He is the first non-European pope in a millennium. He is the first Jesuit pope, and he is the first to eschew many of the trappings of the papacy. During his first year, Pope Francis has reenergized the Catholic Church and has shown the world a new face of Catholicism.
What can Catholics and people of other faiths expect from Pope Francis and the Catholic Church during this papacy? Father Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of the Jesuit weekly magazine America, will offer his reflections as part of the 2014 Maryknoll Speakers Series as the church celebrates the first anniversary of the papal conclave’s election of Jorge Bergoglio. Father Malone’s presentation will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2:30 p.m. at the Maryknoll Mission Center at 55 Ryder Road in Ossining.
Presented by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the series is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 914-941-7636 extension 2445, or by email (MaryknollSpeakersSeries@maryknoll.org). Additional information and directions can be found at www.maryknollsociety.org .