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November 9th, 2018 | The spiritual commitments of the Society of Jesus emphasize careful moral discernment and creative application of rules to specific situations, especially regarding social priorities such as inequality. As the first Jesuit pope, Francis enjoys a unique opportunity to place an Ignatian imprint on the central administration of the Catholic Church. Fr. Thomas Massaro, S.J., of Fordham University will lead a discussion on the intriguing papacy of Pope Francis. In conversation with Paul Manuel, he will discuss how Pope Francis’ papacy is different from his predecessors, and will analyze the Jesuit understanding of Catholicism and its impact on the Church. His talk will address why it took so long to elect a Jesuit pope and examine what is distinct about the Jesuit papal vision.