The Faculty of Religious Studies of University of Saint Joseph is organizing a public lecture entitled “Pope Francis: The First Five Years” at the Auditorium of Saint Joseph’s Seminary, 9th January 2018 at 18:30.
On 13 March 2013, the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church stunned the world by electing Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to succeed Benedict XVI as pope. There were several reasons for the world to be stunned. Bergoglio was a member of the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit, and the first Jesuit ever to be elected pope. Born in Latin America, he was the first non-European to be elected pope in 1,300 years and the first from the “New World” of the Americas.
What Fr Bevans shall propose to explore in his lecture is how Pope Francis does indeed embrace the process of inculturation. He will reflect only on three of Pope Francis’s major documents—Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato Si’, and Amoris Laetitia—and then briefly comment on his 2015 address before the United States Congress, the Motu Proprio “Magnum Principium,” and his 2017 trip to Myanmar.