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Pope Francis's Interview:
Continuing the Conversation


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

Explore the themes and contexts of Pope Francis's papacy from his early interviews to his most recent presentations in the United States.  First, we examine the phenomenon of the papal press conference on the plane, which grew from the initial impromptu, hour-long interview to an anticipated feature during each major leg of an apostolic trip.  We will compare the earliest press conference with one of his most recent. Second, we will look at the transition from a formal interview to a more formal apostolic exhortation.  In the final week, we will reflect on the issues that occupy the attention of Francis' third year in the papacy. We will identify the most frequently mentioned topics by examining July 2015 address in Bolivia and a presentation he made on his 2015 trip to the U.S. These themes closely parallel topics that emerge in Laudato Si'.

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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 Crossroads 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.
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  • 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