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Distinguished Guest Fr. Antonio Spadaro to Talk on “My Door Is Always Open – Pope Francis’ Vision of the Church”
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Father Antonio SpadaroFather Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the editor in chief of the influential Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, will be a Distinguished Guest of the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University on March 20, 2014. Fr. Spadaro will present a lecture titled “My Door Is Always Open – Pope Francis’ Vision of the Church” at 5 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Suite, University Center.

Fr. Spadaro’s lecture is derived from his most recent book published in 2013 by Rizzoli. In August 2013, Fr. Spadaro conducted an exclusive, six-hour interview with Pope Francis in Rome. In their discussion, Pope Francis paints an unprecedented portrait of himself, analyzing the role of the Church today and pointing out the priorities of his pastoral action. The interview was published in Britain, Germany, Chile, France, Slovakia, Italy, the United States, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Venezuela, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, and Croatia. Their conversation was widely reported on by major American media, including the New York Times, USA Today, and The Boston Globe. In addition to exploring Pope Francis’ vision for the 21st century Church, Fr. Spadaro’s lecture at Seton Hall University will provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes experience of his private encounter with Pope Francis. Fr. Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit, was named consultant to the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Social Communication. He also teaches "Cybertheology" in the Theology Department of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr. Spadaro is the author of 25 books on contemporary culture and, in particular, on literary criticism. He has dedicated more than a decade to the study of digital culture through an anthropological and theological perspective. He edits the blog Cyberteologia and is the author of books on digital culture including Connessioni. Nuove forme della cultura al tempo di Internet (2006); Web 2.0. Reti di relazione (2010); and Cyberteologia. Pensare il cristianesimo al tempo della rete (2012), which will be released in the US market next June by Fordham University Press.

About the Department of Catholic Studies:
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 ques! tions 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.

Seton Hall is the first university in the eastern United States to create a Department of Catholic Studies. In December 2013, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University on the occasion of the establishment of the Department of Catholic Studies. This makes Seton Hall the first and only university in the United States to claim such a rare honor.

For more information please contact:
Brittany Venturella
(973) 275-2175


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