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Friday, August 28 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Pope Francis: Myths and Realities

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Since the night of his election in March 2013, Pope Francis has been the source of intense speculation and even confusion in some quarters. Four papal observers — two university professors and two journalist-authors of books on Pope Francis — will help to sort out the facts from the myths to provide a balanced understanding of Pope Francis and his papacy.

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Greg Erlandson

President & Publisher, Our Sunday Visitor
Erlandson is the president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, a not-for-profit Catholic company that publishes OSV Newsweekly and other periodicals, trade books, parish resources and religious education curricula. Prior to that, Erlandson served first as the editor of OSV Newsweekly and then as Editor in Chief at Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. In addition, he is a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Social... Read More →

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Alejandro Bermúdez

Executive Director, Catholic News Agency
Born in Lima, Bermúdez spent his childhood in Argentina. He is currently the Executive Director of the Catholic News Agency, based in Denver; of ACI Prensa (Spanish) and ACI Digital (Portuguese;) commentator for the New York Times during Pope Benedict’s visit to the US, and host of the TV weekly program “Cara a Cara” (Face to Face) on EWTN en Español. He has met Cardinal Bergoglio on several occasions, and has... Read More →
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Austen Ivereigh

Coordinator, Catholic Voices
Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist and commentator on religious and political affairs who regularly appears on TV and radio. Most recently, he is the author of a highly praised biography of Pope Francis, “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope” (2014). In 2010, he co-founded Catholic Voices, a project to train ordinary people to put the case for the Church on contentious issues in the media, which has... Read More →
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Maryann Cusimano Love

Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America
Cusimano Love is a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations at The Catholic University of America. She serves on: the U.S. Catholic Bishops' International Justice and Peace Committee, the Advisory Board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, and the Core Group for the Department of State's working group on Religion and Foreign Policy. She also served as a fellow at the Commission on International Religious Freedom, on the board of... Read More →
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Rev. John Paul Wauck

Professor, Pontifical University of Santa Croce
The Rev. John Wauck is a Chicago native, studied history and literature at Harvard University and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce. Prior to ordination, he wrote speeches for the attorney general of the United States and the governor of Pennsylvania. He has written for many publications, including American Scholar, Christian Science Monitor, The New Criterion, Beliefnet, and the Fellowship of... Read More →

Friday August 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor