Welcoming the Stranger: In a Throwaway Culture, "Turning Away" People?

6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Discussion

Following up on Pope Francis' newest book, The Works of Mercy, the Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology is hosting a new lecture series this year on the "Corporal Works of Mercy." Kicking off the series is America Magazine's chief correspondent, Kevin Clarke, on American Catholics and the global refugee crisis.

Around the world, the refugee crisis has been met with indifference and responsibility-shifting—a sadly familiar response. Pope Francis has bridged secular and faith divides in his repeated attempts to highlight the human misery of today's refugees and migrants, but how well has that message been received by U.S. leaders and average Catholics? What will it take to reach people in the pews and policymakers in Washington?

About the Photo:
Taken by Kevin Clarke in an IDP (internally displaced person) camp in Bangui, Central African Republic.

About the Corporal Works of Mercy
The next lecture in our series is October 19, "Feeding the Hungry/Giving Drink to the Thirsty: The Challenges in Haiti & South Sudan." The 7 corporal works of mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus; they give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They respond to the basic physical (corporal) needs of humanity as we journey together through this life:


  • Feed the hungry.
  • Give drink to the thirsty.
  • Shelter the homeless (welcome the stranger).
  • Clothe the naked.
  • Visit the sick & imprisoned.
  • Bury the dead.
  • Give alms to the poor.

Learn more about the 7 corporal works of mercy here. And explore their parallel, the 7 spiritual works of mercy, which focus on the spiritual well-being of others.


Please contact CWCIT at cwcit@depaul.edu or 773.325.4158.


Parking at DePaul
Street parking (both free & metered) is sometimes available on campus, but there are also 2 parking garages available for visitors**:

~ Sheffield Parking Garage (2331 N. Sheffield Ave.)
~ Clifton Parking Deck (2330 N. Clifton Ave.)

**For a discounted rate, please ask for validation at the event's information table. Discounted rates are as follows:

Entrance before 4:00pm = $9.25
Entrance after 4:00pm = $7.25

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), 314B
2250 N Sheffield Ave

Event Type

International/Cultural Activities, Workshops & Conferences, Reception, Immigration and Refugee, Spiritual


Centers and Institutes, Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT)


Free of charge; all are welcome

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