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World Catholicism Week considers how the Church must change

Mosaic featuring St. Vincent de Paul
(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

Catholic leaders will gather at DePaul this week for the 15th World Catholicism Week conference, ready to discuss how Vincentians will answer Pope Francis's call for making the Church more open to God and to the poor.

The conference opens at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 13, with a keynote address by Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, C.M., the superior general of the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity. The address will take place in the John T. Richardson Library, Room 103.

In the successive days of the conference, other keynotes will be delivered by Daniel F. Pilario, C.M., an associate professor at the St. Vincent School of Theology at Adamson University in the Philippines, and Quentin Wodon, director of UNESCO's International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa.

Speakers are coming to Chicago from Brazil, Chile, France, Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and Italy, as well as from across the United States.

The conference is free to attend, and sessions will be livestreamed. Advance registration is required. The full conference schedule, speaker introductions and registration details are online.

Organized by DePaul's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, World Catholicism Week is co-sponsored by the Department of Catholic Studies, the Division of Mission and Ministry, the Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Endowed Chair in Vincentian Studies, and the Vincentian Studies Institute.

Scott Butterworth is an editor of Newsline.