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Pope Francis's Interview:
Continuing the Conversation


featuring video with John Allen, Jr., Fr. Michael Himes, and others

Read and discuss Pope Francis’s interview “A Big Heart Open to God” guided by several expert, insightful commentators. A presentation by journalist John Allen, Jr., develops the context for the interview by examining Francis’ papacy so far.  Reading the impromptu, hour-long interview that the pope gave on the plane when leaving Brazil after World Youth Day also provides background for the more formal interview “A Big Heart Open to God.”  Boston College Professor Michael Himes offers commentary on the overall vision in the interview.  In the final week, we will reflect on Francis’ papacy so far.  In addition to Allen and Himes, there are brief video comments by Sr. Simone Campbell, E.J. Dionne, Thomas H. Groome, Timothy Shriver, and Phyllis Zagano.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

Special Features:

  • Weekly introductions to each new topic;
  • Weekly videos;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Links to all required reading;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A page of further Resources about topics discussed in this course. 

All C21 Online courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/ 7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.


Week 1:  The Context of the Interview: The Style and Content of the Papacy So Far

Week 2: The Interview “A Big Heart Open to God”

Week 3: The First Two Years of the Papacy

Additional Materials Needed:
All materials are provided on site or through links to other sites.

Time Commitment:
A participant can expect to spend an average of 3 hours each week. This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholars:  Pope Francis, John Allen, Jr., Fr. Michael Himes, and brief commentary by others