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Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ, Pope's interviewer - Distinguished Guest of the Department of Catholic Studies
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Pope Francis and Father Antonio SpadaroJesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, the editor in chief of the influential Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, will be a Distinguished Guest Speaker of the Department of Catholic Studies on March 20, 2014. Fr. Spadaro SJ will be lecturing to Seton Hall university community on his most recent research and publications on Cybertheology – theological science that operates on the web for religious and pastoral research. The publication of an exclusive interview with Pope Francis by Antonio Spadaro is making headlines worldwide. However, Fr. Spadaro in an interview to the Italian newspaper La Stampa indicates that his "was not an interview <with the Holy Father> but a spiritual experience. The Pope can not be interviewed." Fr. Spadaro was moved but what the Holy Father told him: "God is first ... always ... God. God is like the first flower of the almond tree that blossoms in your Sicily." Fr. Spadaro has long been a collaborator and friend of Seton Hall University's Chesterton Institute.

Father Spadaro was ordained priest in 1996 in Catania, and completed his education in the United States. He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Messina, and completed his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he still teaches. He began writing about the "Catholic Civilization" in 1994, dealing mainly with culture and the way in which new communication technologies, from the Internet, are changing the way people live and think. The internet is part of his interests: on the web he is present with a Facebook profile, and has recently taken part in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communication led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, a meeting of bloggers in the Vatican, as well to have promoted cultural initiatives linked to the world of literature and the network.

The Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University

Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America's oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall's Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church's encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.

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