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Lecture Series: Dominic Gondreau and Pope Francis

March 19, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

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Dominic Gondreau and Pope Francis

Human Suffering and the ‘Folly of the Cross’: Sign of Contradiction

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6 p.m. in Aquinas College Room 103

Throughout the whole of salvation history and culminating in Christ’s death and resurrection, God has used the weak and vulnerable to shame the strong and powerful. On Easter Sunday of last year, God chose Pope Francis and Dominic Gondreau, Dr. Paul Gondreau’s eight-year old son with cerebral palsy, from a crowd of thousands in St. Peter’s Square. In a simple gesture that became iconic of his early pontificate, the Holy Father embraced Dominic in a universal lesson of love and humanity that moved the world. This talk will reflect on this event.

About Dr. Gondreau

Paul Gondreau and familyPaul Gondreau is Professor of Theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He is an accomplished scholar who has published widely in the area of Thomistic Christology and moral theology, with a particular emphasis on marriage. More importantly, he is the father of Dominic Gondreau, the boy with cerebral palsy who was embraced by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday of last year, images of which went viral and became iconic of the early pontificate of Pope Francis.

Aquinas College Lecture Series

For a full listing of lectures from the spring series, please visit the Speaker Series page.


March 19, 2014
6:00 pm
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Aquinas College, Room 103
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