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Two Prominent South African Anti-Apartheid Participants to Speak at Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Two prominent South African participants in the anti-apartheid struggle will speak at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, March 19, and Thursday, April 3, as part of the Africa Working Group’s “Celebrating Nelson Mandela” series. One a liberation theologian and political activist, the other the “Jackie Robinson of South Africa,” they each played a crucial role in moving their nation out of apartheid. Read More

Notre Dame study finds American Catholics 'distinctively optimistic'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

A new report published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) indicates that American Catholics hold “distinctively optimistic views regarding human nature.”

The report, “Distinctive Catholicism: U.S. Catholics’ Views on Human Nature,” summarized the findings of a study done by CSPRI director Brian Starks. The CSPRI initiative is a program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life. Read More

Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey


A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday (March 17) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The discussion, “Marriage, the Church and the Common Good,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and several student groups and will include Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute; Ron Belgau, founder of the website Spiritual Friendship; and Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson, coauthors, with Robert P. George, of the book “What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.” Read More

Chicago archbishop Cardinal George to speak on the ministry of Pope Francis

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago, will speak on “Mercy in the Teaching and Ministry of Pope Francis” at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 6) in the McKenna Hall Auditorium on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Cardinal George, who has served as archbishop of Chicago since 1997, was a member of the conclaves that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Pope Francis last March. Read More

Father Gustavo Gutierrez Receives Welcome in Rome

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and widely acknowledged founder of the “liberation theology” movement, was in Rome earlier this week, the surprise speaker at a Vatican book launch. Father Gutierrez was helping to launch a book, Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church, edited by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who directs the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two of the book’s chapters were written by Father Gutierrez, and its introduction was written by Pope Francis. Read More