The Peace & Justice Committee of Holy Trinity & St. Helen's presents "Pope Francis: Where is he taking the Catholic Church—and will he get there?” The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00pm in the church at St. Helen’s Parish, 1600 Rahway Avenue in Westfield. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at Kean University and leading papacy scholar will address the following questions: Who is Pope Francis? Why is everyone (not just Catholics) paying attention to the first Latin American pope and the first Jesuit pope in history? How is he trying to change the Church—and what are people saying in support or even opposition? Join us as we try to keep up with a fast-paced papacy in tumultuous times.

Dr. Bellitto is a frequent public speaker and media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism. He has been quoted in The New York Times, the Washington Post, et al, and has appeared on The History Channel, CNN, MSNBC, PBS' News Hour, NPR, and other local radio and TV stations. Dr. Bellitto is also a member of the Speakers' Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the former chair of Kean's History Department. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. His B.A., magna cum laude, is from New York University, where he was a University Scholar with a double major in Journalism and Politics, and a double minor in Classics and Religion.

The Peace and Justice Committee is proud to sponsor this event as part of its ongoing mission to educate the public about issues relating to the Catholic Church, and in particular, Catholic Social Teaching. The event is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in the subject.