Global Indifference, Solidarity, and Authentic Development

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life recently hosted a dialogue on Pope Francis’ message and actions, Catholic social teaching, and authentic development. The event featured Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Organization of American States; David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; and Michele Broemmelsiek, vice president of overseas operations at Catholic Relief Services. Ken Hackett, US Ambassador to the Vatican, also appeared at the event and spoke about Pope Francis’ trip to Congress later this year. Kendra Layton, a student at Georgetown, and Robert Hart, a diocesan leader, also offered excellent reflections. Here are some highlights from the main panel, which was moderated by John Carr: