Rev. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., to deliver 2017 Keeley Vatican Lecture


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Rev. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor-in-chief of the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, will deliver the 2017 Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture on Oct. 10 (Tuesday), at 5 p.m., in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  

Spadaro’s lecture, titled “The Geopolitics of Mercy,” will be an exploration of how he believes Pope Francis is dealing with the world and its current political tensions.

His July 2017 article, co-authored with Presbyterian pastor Marcelo Figueroa and titled “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA,” focused on strategies for political involvement that seem to be based in evangelical values but are instead, in Spadaro's view, ideological. 

Controversy over the article has cut across political and confessional lines, producing lively debate on the relationship between faith and politics in America. 

Spadaro holds degrees in philosophy, social communications and theology from the University of Messina, the Pontifical Urban University and the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is also a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Secretariat for Communications.

The Keeley Vatican Lecture provides students and faculty the opportunity to explore questions involving Notre Dame’s Catholic mission with distinguished representatives from the Holy See. The lecture is sponsored annually by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies — an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs — and is free and open to the public.

A livestream of Spadaro’s lecture will be posted on this page.

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