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Dominican’s Siena Center Presents Program on Pope Francis’ Focus on the Family

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Siena Center will present a lecture by Dr. Julie Hanlon Rubio titled, “Families, Love and Justice in the Era of Pope Francis” on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Priory Campus Auditorium.

Pope Francis has become beloved by many because he locates the heart of Christian faith in justice and care for the most vulnerable, including the poor, and for the environment. He has managed to shift the narrative of Catholic presence in the world from the private to the public. But he has also called attention to the family, writing what is the longest papal document ever on the subject of marriage.

Julie Hanlon Rubio, professor of Christian ethics at St. Louis University, will discuss how love and justice are related in Pope Francis’ thought. Rubio has published five books, including Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s “The Joy of Love”, Hope for Common Ground, and Family Ethics: Practices for Christians, and serves on the boards of National Catholic Reporter and the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education.

The fee for this lecture is $10. For more information, or to reserve your space, visit the Siena Center website at or call Rachel Hart Winter at (708) 714-9107.