Pope Francis’ vision of the Church is one marked by humble service to the world, open dialogue, simplicity of life, and deep spirituality — qualities reflected in many traditional Asian spiritual practices. With Asian Catholics representing one of the fastest growing populations in the Church, how will Francis’s messages be received in light of the extreme poverty, cultural diversity, and religious pluralism of much of Asia? Come hear FR. PETER PHAN in conversation with IACS President, FR. JAMES HEFT, S.M., about the Church, the Pope, and the expansion of Catholicism across Asia.

FR. PETER C. PHAN, Georgetown University’s Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, is a native of Vietnam who came to the U.S. in 1975 as a refugee. A highly acclaimed and award-winning theologian and author, Phan is the first non-Anglo to be elected President of the Catholic Theological Society of America.