Category: Georgetown Magazine, Spring 2024

Title:Mission & Ministry co-sponsors global conference featuring address from Pope Francis

Author: Lauren M. Poteat
Date Published: April 8, 2024
Pope Francis meets with assembled people
Father Mark Bosco, S.J., greets Pope Francis in Rome for an event that asked, among other questions, for the ways Catholicism explores the human condition and responds to the hunger for some transcendental significance. Photo: Courtesy of Vatican Media

Last summer, Georgetown’s Office of Mission & Ministry co-sponsored the Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination conference at the Villa Malta in Rome. The three-day conference featured a special address from Pope Francis, in addition to presentations by Cardinal José Tolentino, Prefect for the Dicastery on Education and Culture, and Martin Scorsese, acclaimed American writer and director.

Father Mark Bosco, S.J., vice president of Mission & Ministry, co-led the conference to highlight the importance of literary expression in Catholic tradition. It is connected to the biennial Catholic Imagination Conference, an international meeting of poets and novelists focused on examining the Catholic imagination in literature and the arts.

“Georgetown’s reach is global,” shares Bosco. “We wanted to host a symposium that brought together participants from Africa, South Asia, Europe, and America, to understand and celebrate the way Catholicism shapes the literary imagination of writers and poets from around the world.” 

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