May I take this opportunity to announce that I will be speaking at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, next Thursday, on my new favorite topic: Pope Francis. From the press release:

Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, associate editor of “Commonweal” magazine, will deliver the 2014 Feast of Saint Francis Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College.

In the free public lecture titled “A Poor Church for the Poor: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism,” O’Reilly will examine what Pope Francis has done to shift the Catholic church’s focus to the poor and marginalized, and how he is working to bring about the reforms called for in his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”).

See here for more information. And if you should happen to be there, please do say hello.

Mollie Wilson O’​Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.

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