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The Community of Sant’Egidio and the Radical Ministry of Pope Francis:
An Evening with Marco Impagliazzo, President of Sant’Egidio

Marco Impagliazzo with the Sant'Egidio Community

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 6 - 7 p.m.
McMahon 109 | Fordham University
155 W. 60th Street | New York, NY 10023

The Community of Sant’Egidio is one of the most remarkable, and lesser-known, examples of faith in action in the Catholic Church today. The identity of the Community of Sant'Egidio is guided by what Pope Francis has called the three P's: Prayer, Peace, and the Poor. 

Since 1968, the Community has offered a powerful witness of lay people living out their faith through programs that, for example, provide material and emotional support for the elderly, the homeless, and those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Sant’Egidio has also worked closely with Pope Francis on a number of projects, such as resettling refugees, developing the Humanitarian Corridors program that has settled over 2,500 refugees in Italy, and operating the Pope’s recently opened home for the homeless.

Sant'Egidio has also been an effective protagonist for global peacemaking, most recently helping to broker an end to hostilities in the brutal and long-running South Sudan conflict.

The Community has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for Peace.

Sant’Egidio’s president, Marco Impagliazzo, will be in New York for meetings at the United Nations and he will speak with Fordham’s community about Sant’Egidio’s mission in today’s world, how they are working to assist the Pope, and how faith can make a difference.

Hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served.


The Future of Conservatism: From Edmund Burke to Donald Trump to ... What’s Next?

Burke, Reagan, and Trump Collage

March 25 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
McNally Amphitheater
Fordham University | 140 W. 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023
Burke to Reagan to … The Donald?

What is conservatism today? The election of Donald Trump ended the old “fusionism” alliance of free markets, family values, fiscal discipline, and an assertive foreign policy. Arguments about populism and nationalism, trade wars and moral rationalizing now dominate conservative discourse and the Republican Party.

The debate is intense. The stakes are high. The future is unclear.

Prominent young conservatives will discuss how conservatism came to this pass, whether it’s a good or bad development, and where conservatism — and the GOP — are heading, regardless if Trump wins or loses in November.

Panelists

Guy Benson, political editor at Townhall.com, Fox News contributor, and author (End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun))

Mary Katharine Ham, contributing editor at Townhall.com, a widely-published conservative columnist, and author (End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun))

Matt K. Lewis, senior columnist at The Daily Beast, CNN political commentator, and author (Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Went from the Party of Reagan to the Party of Trump)

April Ponnuru, veteran Republican staffer and strategist and senior advisor to the Conservative Reform Network. She has written widely and directed the publication of Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class.

Moderator

Bria Sandford, editorial director at Sentinel publishing and editor of numerous conservative authors.

Reception will follow the event.


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Featured Past Events

Pope Francis: Reform and Resistance

Panelists talking at the Pope Francis: Reform and Resistance event

Papal biographer Austen Ivereigh and the Fate of the Papacy

November 4 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge | Lowenstein Building
Fordham University | 140 W. 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

Registration for the event is closed.

As Francis’s remarkable pontificate approaches its seventh anniversary, the pope is facing an increasingly virulent and vocal opposition -- much of it based in the United States or funded by American Catholics. How serious is this opposition? Is it damaging the Church? The papacy? Or is it only directed at Francis and will recede when he leaves the scene?

These questions will be at the heart of a discussion with Austen Ivereigh, who will be at Fordham for the United States launch of his new biography, Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church

Does Faith Have a Future?

A Symposium on God, Religion, and the ‘Nones’

October 15 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
McNally Amphitheater
Fordham University | 140 W. 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

“None of the above” is the fastest-growing religious identifier in the United States, a category boosted by a surge of younger people. This generational shift is the greatest challenge facing religious communities, and one with enormous implications for American society: the “Nones” have fewer social connections and less social capital than their parents and grandparents.

What does this disaffiliation mean for the future of the U.S.? What does it mean for the future of faith? Who are the “Nones” anyway? Are they atheists? Agnostics? Just indifferent? “The ‘Meh’ Generation”? Or does their attitude point toward a new path for traditional religious communities?

Participants included:

Cracks in the Secular

James K. A. Smith and the Augustinian Call

October 2 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge | Lowenstein Building
Fordham University | 113 West 60th Street | New York, NY 10023

Our modern world has a particular vision of what the “pursuit of happiness” means. Independence. Self-sufficiency. Conforming the world to our desires.

James K. A. Smith — philosopher, popular lecturer, and prolific author -- understands the attraction of such secular happiness, especially for young people. But he also detects what he calls “cracks in the secular,” signs that can illuminate a different path to happiness.

Smith shared insights from his new book on spiritual seeking, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts.