Pope Francis: One Year On

As we approach the first anniversary of the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the Catholic Church’s first Jesuit Pope, Heythrop College has organised a conference to consider what difference Pope Francis has made in the past 12 months and what has influenced his pontificate so far.

When Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope on 13 March 2013, he chose the name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. But to what extent has Pope Francis been influenced by St Francis and by the founder of the Jesuit Order, St Ignatius of Loyola? How has this been reflected in his impact upon the life and mission of the Church since his election? The Conference ‘What’s in a Name?’ The Church and Pope Francis One Year On will address these questions. It will take place at Heythrop College on Saturday 15 March 9.30am - 4.30pm.

The Franciscan influence on Pope Francis will be addressed by Dr Paul Rout OFM in his talk: ‘A heart full of mercy…’ St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis; while Cathy Corcoran OBE, CEO of the Cardinal Hume Centre in Westminster will consider Pope Francis’s rallying call to social activists in “ A journey towards the horizon of hope... Poverty calls us to sow hope.”

Pope Francis, the Catholic Church and Global Politics in the 21st Century will be the topic for Dr Scott Thomas, Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath who is a Research Fellow at Heythrop College. His address will be entitled The Challenge of Living Faithfully in the World. And in her talk, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ of Heythrop College will address the Church’s Evangelical Mission according to Pope – what he called ‘Bruised, Hurting and Dirty’.

Anthony O’Mahony of Heythrop will address the conference on the topic: ‘That They Might be One - Pope Francis, Jerusalem and the Eastern Christianity; and Dr Damian Howard SJ will consider Pope Francis, the Jesuit : Vicar of Christ, Companion of Jesus.

‘What’s in a Name?’ The Church and Pope Francis One Year On will be introduced and chaired by the Principal of Heythrop College, Fr Michael Holman SJ. It will take place at the College in Kensington Square, London W8 5HQ.

Heythrop is marking the 400th anniversary of its founding by the Jesuits in Louvain with a series of special events including a two-day conference in June entitled ‘For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good'. For further details, go to www.heythrop.ac.uk