The Church Up Close 

Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis

2022 Edition

Program 2022: 12-17 September

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 – 11.00  

Nature and Mission: What Is the Catholic Church?

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

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.45 – 12:00

Greetings

Rev. Prof. Luis Navarro - Rector of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce

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

The Pope and the Earth

Mr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra - Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

17.15 - 19.00

GUIDED TOUR: Historic Center of Rome

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

TUESDAY, 13 September

8.45 – 11.00

GUIDED TOUR: St. Peter's Basilica

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

11.30 – 12.45

FREE TIME

12.45 – 15.00

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

Ms. Mary Shovlain - Rome-based Journalist

15.00 – 17.00 *Provisional, date and time pending confirmation*

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 Inter-religious Dialogue

WEDNESDAY, 14 September

8.30 – 11.00

PAPAL AUDIENCE -- St. Peter's Square

11.00 – 12.15

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

Mr. Paolo Ruffini - Prefect 

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 Signatura

17.15 – 18.45

Finance and Economy of the Vatican

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

13.15 – 15.00

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

Dr. Pia de Solenni - President and Executive Director of the Global Institute of Church Management

17.30 – 19.00

ENCOUNTER AT THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE

Hon. Christopher Trott - UK Ambassador to the Holy See

FRIDAY, 15 September

9:00 – 10:30

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

Rev. Fr. Stephen Wang 

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 - Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, with responsibility for the Migrants and Refugees Section

15.30 – 17.00

The Post-pandemic Church

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli - Secretary of the 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

- Speaker TBC

10.45 – 11.45

Brunch

12.00 – 13.00

BUS TRIP TO CASTEL GANDOLFO

Tour of the Papal Gardens
- To be confirmed

18.00 – 20.00

Farewell Dinner in Castel Gandolfo

Bus trip back to Rome