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Editor-in-Chief to Speak about Unprecedented Pope Francis Interview
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Father Antonio Spadaro with Pope FrancisIn his first public appearance in North America since his interview with Pope Francis made headlines around the world, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. will speak at Seton Hall University on Thursday, March 20, at 5 p.m. in the Chancellor's Suite of the Bishop Dougherty University Center on the university’s main South Orange campus. Fr. Spadaro, the editor-in-chief of the influential Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, will provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes perspective on his private encounter with the pontiff in a lecture entitled, “My Door Is Always Open: Pope Francis’ Vision of the Church.” Sponsored by the Department of Catholic Studies, this event is free and open to the public.

In August 2013, Fr. Spadaro conducted an unprecedented and exclusive series of three interviews with Pope Francis in Rome. During their six hours together, Pope Francis painted a candid portrait of himself and talked about the role of the Church today and his priorities as the Church's leader. The interview appeared in publications around the world, including America, the U.S. Jesuit magazine.

"I am very happy to have Fr. Spadaro as our special guest to give this lecture, which coincides with the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis," said Ines Angeli Murzaku, chair of the Department of Catholic Studies. "The vision and spirituality of Pope Francis is made up of a mosaic of human faces. Individuals, Catholics, non-Catholics, atheists and agnostics can easily find their way to encounter Francis."

Fr. Spadaro's visit to Seton Hall further strengthens the university's connection to the Vatican. In December 2013, Pope Francis imparted the Apostolic Blessing to the 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.

"Fr. Spadaro helped to reach a large part of the world with Pope Francis' message in a way that reached a large number of people, both within the Church and outside it," said Professor of Catholic Studies Nancy Enright. "It is a particular honor for us to receive his words. We are thrilled to have him here at Seton Hall."

My Door Is Always Open: Pope Francis' Vision of the Church, Fr. Spadaro’s most recent book, published by Rizzoli (2013), includes the full interview and expands upon it. He also teaches “cybertheology” at the Theology Department of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 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 available to the U.S. market next June by Fordham University Press.

Dermot Quinn, associate director of the Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture, knows Father Spadaro personally.

"Fr. Spadaro is one of the most important voices in the contemporary Church, a man of immense and subtle scholarship who is also well attuned to the pastoral needs of today's world," said Quinn. "Pope Francis knew what he was doing when he invited him to conduct that famous interview. Both men are unafraid to preach the gospel in ways that reach deep into the modern mind and heart."

"How fortunate that Seton Hall University is able to welcome the famous Jesuit scholar and editor, Fr. Antonio Spadaro. We shall benefit greatly from his expertise and scholarship," said Monsignor Robert Coleman, J.C.D., associate vice provost. "It will be thrilling to listen to his insights from his recent and privileged interview with our Holy Father."

For more information please contact:
Ines Murzaku
(973) 275-5845


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