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Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley to headline The Francis Factor March 18

| By Nick Alexopulos
Cardinal O'Malley
Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley (photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Boston)

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, will join a panel of religious leaders and scholars on March 18 in Reitz Arena for The Francis Factor, an event hosted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore to celebrate the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Members of the Loyola community can reserve tickets through Loyola’s box office starting March 10. All other ticket requests should be submitted online through the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s website.

Cardinal O’Malley is the only American to serve as a member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals. At age 21, he was professed into the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and at 26 he was ordained a Catholic priest. After earning a master’s degree in religious education and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Literature from the Catholic University of America, he taught at Catholic University and founded Centro Católico Hispano in Washington, D.C., an organization which provided educational, medical, and legal help to immigrants.

Appointed Archbishop of Boston by Pope John Paul II in July 2003, Cardinal O’Malley was named a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Since then, he has established an international reputation for his role in addressing abuse crises. He writes a blog and tweets to more than 27,000 followers on Twitter. He participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Joining Cardinal O’Malley on the panel are Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt & Light Television and Vatican spokesperson; Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason School of Law and Catholic author; Rev. Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America, and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. They will share their thoughts and observations on Pope Francis and his first year as leader of the Catholic Church and participate in a Q&A discussion with participation from the audience.

More information about the event is available at archbalt.org.

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