The Church Up Close 

Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis

2022 Edition

Program 2022: 12-17 September

NB: Due to the papal trip, the Wednesday Audience of 14 September has been cancelled. 

NB - talks marked with asterisk (*) are held at the University of Santa Croce. Registration and

coffee breaks are also at the University. 

MONDAY, 12 September

8.30 – 9.00
Registration

 

9.00 – 9.45

Getting to Know the Church Up Close*

Rev. Prof. John Wauck - Pontifical University of Santa Croce

9. 45 – 11.15  

The Pope and the Earth*

Mr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra - Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

11.15 – 11.45

Coffee break

12:00 – 13.30

The Thought of Pope Francis*

Cardinal Luis Tagle - Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

13.30 – 15.00

WELCOME LUNCH

15.30 –17.00

Nature and Mission: What Is the Catholic Church?*

Rev. Prof. Paul O’Callaghan - Pontifical University of Santa Croce

17.15 – 19.15

GUIDED TOUR: Historic Center of Rome

Mr. and Mrs. John and Ashley Noronha - Professors of Art & Architecture & Communications

TUESDAY, 13 September

MORNING FREE - first appointment is for lunch

12.30 – 14.00

WORK LUNCH: Dos and Don’ts in Covering the Vatican

Mr. Andrea Gagliarducci - Journalist and Vatican analyst

15.00 – 17.00

ENCOUNTER: The Holy Office: Myths and Reality

Rev. Fr. Andrew Liaugminas  - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

17.30 – 19.00

Dialogue with other religions: Encyclical Fratelli Tutti*

Msgr. Indunil J.K. Kodithuwakku - Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

WEDNESDAY, 14 September

8.30 – 11.00

GUIDED TOUR: St. Peter's Basilica

Rev. Prof. John Wauck - Pontifical University of Santa Croce

11.00 – 12.15

ENCOUNTER AT THE DICASTERY FOR COMMUNICATIONS: Church Communications in and from the Vatican

Mr. Alessandro Gisotti - Deputy Editorial Director of Vatican Media

13.15 – 15.00

WORK LUNCH: The Church in Africa

Rev. Fr. Gilbert Ndyamukama Gosbert - Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

15.30 – 17.00

Keys to Understand the Justice System in the Vatican*

Cardinal Dominique Mamberti - Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature

17.15 – 18.45

Finance and Economy of the Vatican*

Rev. Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, S.J. - Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy

THURSDAY, 15 September

9.00 – 10.30

The Holy See on the International Stage*

Dr. Francesca Di Giovanni - Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs in the Section for Relations with States (Vatican Secretariat of State)

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.45

The Synod of Bishops 2023*

Cardinal Mario Grech - Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops

13.00 – 14.45

WORK LUNCH: The Church in Asia

Rev. Fr. Robert McCulloch - Missionary Society of St. Columban

15.00 – 16.30

The Role of Women in the Church*

Pia de Solenni, SThD - Diotima Consulting

This event has been cancelled due to Queen Elizabeth's death. R.I.P.

17.30 – 19.00

ENCOUNTER AT THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE

Hon. Christopher Trott - UK Ambassador to the Holy See

FRIDAY, 16 September

9:00 – 10:30

ENCOUNTER AT THE VENERABLE ENGLISH COLLEGE: Training Priests for the Universal Church

Rev. Fr. Stephen Wang - Rector

11.15 – 12.45

Reform of the Curia: Historical Context*

Rev. Prof. Roberto Regoli - Pontifical Gregorian University 

13.00 – 15.00

WORK LUNCH: Human trafficking and migrants

Rev. Fr. Fabio Baggio - Undersecretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (Section for Migrants and Refugees)

15.30 – 17.00

The Post-pandemic Church*

Speaker TBC- Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

19.00 – 22.30

GUIDED TOUR OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS (includes dinner)

Dr. Elizabeth Lev - Art Historian, Author & Tour Guide

SATURDAY, 17 September

9.15 – 10.45

The Church’s Response to Sexual Abuse*

Ms. Tina Campbell - Assistant Coordinator for Promotion of Consistent Culture of Protection at the Jesuit Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat 

10.45 – 11.45

Brunch

12.00 – 13.00

BUS TRIP TO CASTEL GANDOLFO

14.30 – 17.00

ENCOUNTER at the Vatican Observatory: The Catholic Church and Scientific Culture

Rev. Fr. Richard D'Souza, SJ - Astronomer and Superior of the Jesuit Community attached to the Observatory

18.00 – 20.30

Farewell Dinner in Castel Gandolfo

21.00 – 22.00

Bus trip back to Rome

End of Seminar