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The Inauguration of the Archbishop John J. Myers Annual Lecture Series on Law, Society and Faith, Featuring CNN's John L. Allen Jr.
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John AllenPope Francis and the missionary Church in the 21st century will be the focus of the lecture by the celebrated CNN reporter John L. Allen Jr. "We're All Franciscans Now: Pope Francis and the Social Agenda of Catholicism in the 21st Century," will be the first lecture to inaugurate the Archbishop John J. Myers Annual Lecture Series on Law, Society and Faith sponsored by the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University.

The annual lecture series begins on December 4 at 5 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and all are welcome. Guests are encouraged to R.S.V.P. to Kathleen Childers at or (973) 313-6231.

"Mr. John Allen's lecture promises to inspire all who attend. He is the most celebrated Vaticanist in the English language. Allen brings people together, he is a bridge builder, a widely read author, a source of insight and inspiration and the impact from his lecture, I hope, will be long-term," says Dr. Ines Angeli Murzaku, chair of the Department of Catholic Studies and professor of religion.

John L. Allen Jr. is a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN. He has written seven best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs and is internationally known for his talks on such subjects. He has been called by The London Tablet "the most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs in the English language" and "the best Anglophone Vatican reporter ever" by renowned papal biographer George Weigel.

Allen's work is admired across ideological divides. Liberal commentator Fr. Andrew Greeley called his writing "indispensable," while Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, a conservative, called Allen's reporting "possibly the best source of information on the Vatican published in the United States." His weekly internet column, "All Things Catholic," is widely read as a source of insight on the global Church.

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For more information please contact:
Kathleen Childers
(973) 313-6231


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