Pope Francis and the Politics of Mercy

October 14, 2015

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Buffalo, NY - Rev. Matt Malone, SJ, president and editor-in-chief of America Media, will speak at Canisius College on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. America Media is publisher of the widely read Jesuit magazine, America, The National Catholic Review. The title of Father Malone’s talk is "Pope Francis and the Politics of Mercy." The event is free and open to the public.

At the time of his appointment, Father Malone was the youngest editor-in-chief in America’s history. Prior to his appointment, he served for two years as an associate editor for the magazine from 2007 to 2009, when he covered foreign policy and domestic politics. From 1995-1997, Father Malone was special assistant and speechwriter to U.S. Representative Martin T. Meehan (D-MA). From 1997-2002, he served as the founding deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, an award-winning review of politics, ideas and civic life.

Father Malone’s writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications, and his work and ideas have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, among others. He is the author of Catholiques Sans Etiquette, a book concerning the church and the political, which was published in 2014 by Salvator Press in Paris.

Father Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002 and was ordained a priest on June 9, 2012 by Edward Cardinal Egan, late archbishop of New York.   He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds an MA from Fordham University; a bachelor of divinity from The University of London and a baccalaureate in sacred theology from the Catholic University of Louvain.

He was a founding member of REMUS (Religion, Mimesis and Society), an interdisciplinary research group at Heythrop College dedicated to the thought of Rene Girard. Father Malone is a member of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion and chaplain to the New York Press Club. He is also a member of the pastoral team at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York.

For more information, contact the Canisius College Office of Public Relations at (716) 888-2791.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.