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Chicago's Cardinal George to Speak at Duke

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Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will speak at Duke University at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, as part of the university’s Religions and Public Life initiative. The talk is the first in a series attracting leaders who bridge the academic and faith communities. The speakers will address the intersection of religion and social issues at the local and global levels.

The Cardinal will be speaking on Catholic social teaching and economic globalization, a reflection on his world travels and experiences in the face of extreme poverty. In his recent publication, “God in Action,” he argues that an engagement with religion is key to solving social and economic issues worldwide.

Cardinal George is the eighth Archbishop of Chicago. He previously served as Bishop of Yakima (1990–1996) and Archbishop of Portland (1996–1997). A member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he was created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1998. He served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010.

The Religions and Public Life speaker series at Duke continues through April. Public participation is encouraged at all six of the series events, which aim to engage the greater community in a more open conversation on the complicated relationship of faith and the public sphere. This initiative is co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Divinity School, and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. For a schedule and more details, visit http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/religion/.