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Friday, August 28 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Pope Francis and the Meaning of Family

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With the World Meeting of Families and a Synod of Bishops in Rome only weeks away, three experts will discuss why the family is such a priority for Pope Francis.

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Mary Hasson

Fellow and Director of the Catholic Women's Forum, Ethics & Public Policy Center
Hasson is a fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, an initiative responding to Pope Francis’s call for Catholic women to assume a higher profile within the Church and to think with the Church in addressing the problems of today. Hasson speaks on Catholicism, culture, women, sexual morality, and family life and writes for a variety of websites, policy journals, and... Read More →

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Helen Alvaré

Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Alvaré is a professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches family law, law and religion, and property law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, nonmarital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City... Read More →
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Carl Anderson

Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
Since becoming supreme knight in 2000, Carl Anderson has led the Knights of Columbus to charitable records. During his tenure, $1.55 billion and 691 million hours of service have been donated, with $173.5 million and 71.5 million hours in 2014. He has met a number of times with Pope Francis since the 2013 conclave and also worked closely with popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. A member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Mr. Anderson also... Read More →
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Bishop Jean Laffitte

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family
Bishop Jean Laffitte is secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is the Vatican organization responsible for organizing the World Meeting of Families. He has also served as vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. He was born in France. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at the Pontifical Institute John Paul II, where earned a doctorate in moral... Read More →

Friday August 28, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor