Dr. Massimo Faggioli

Professor of Historical Theology
Villanova University


Laudato Si' in a Time of Global Disruption. Francis and Politics

The lecture will address Pope Francis’ interpretation of the situation of global disruption in his magisterium. A special focus of the remarks will be Laudato Si’s focus on the relationship between the Church and politics in the context of the rapidly changing patterns of influence on both the Church and politics of the sciences, economics and information systems.

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, a married lay Roman Catholic, is a full professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University (Philadelphia). He worked at the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” in Bologna between 1996 and 2008. He was the founding co-chair of the study-group “Vatican II Studies” for the American Academy of Religion between 2012 and 2017. He has a column in La Croix International and is a contributing writer for Commonweal magazine and the Italian magazine Il Regno. He is co-editor with Bryan Froehle of the new series “Studies in Global Catholicism” for Brill Publishers (first volume scheduled 2023). His books and articles have been published in more than ten languages. His latest books are Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century (Liturgical Press 2017), and The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis. Moving Toward Global Catholicity (Orbis Books, 2020), and I(Bayard 2021).  He is the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Vatican II (Oxford University Press, 2023) Catherine Clifford.  He is under contract with Oxford University Press for a book on the history of the Roman Curia. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their two children.

He worked in the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna between 1996 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2002.