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Francis's First Anniversary Forum, March 19

As I mentioned last month, next week I will be appearing on a panel at the American Bible Society in Manhattan to mark the first anniversary of Francis's papacy -- about which you may have heard a thing or two this week. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of the eight advisers on Pope Francis's new "Council of Cardinals," will be speaking, Ken Woodward will be moderating, and I'll be there to respond along with R. R. Reno of First Things and Matt Malone, SJ, of America.

The event is free and open to the public, but tomorrow is the last day to register by contacting Margaret Sarci (email

For all the details, see the invitation (PDF), or click here for the information on the website of the archdiocesan catechetical office. I hope to see you there.

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Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is an associate editor at large and columnist at Commonweal.

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Soounds like an intersting venue and group! A year ago,w hen I was acting as a commnity college chaplain, I arranged a panel of an African American AME minister, rabbi, imam, Catholic priest, and Catholic woman to reflect on hopes for the new pope. We had poor attendance due to a changed date, but those who were there really appreciated the different perspectives. I think he's met some of the hopes and not exacerbated many of fears. Obviously, issues of women's role, the clerical abuse scandals, and whatever way to havea presence in Israel and mid-East yet loom, but that panel would be pleased on the whole-- if I could ever get them together again!

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