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The Church Up Close 

Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis

2024 Edition

Provisional Program 2024: 9-14 September

Program will be updated as speakers are confirmed. Stay tuned! Applications are open.
(Last update 22 May 2024). 

 

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

coffee breaks are also at the University. 

MONDAY, 9 September

9.00 - 9.45
Registration & Coffee break*

9.45 - 10.15

Introduction to the Program: Getting to Know the Church Up Close*

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

10.15 - 11.45

Nature and Mission: What Is the Catholic Church?*

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

12.00 - 13.30

The Thought of Pope Francis*

Cardinal Michael Czerny - Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

13.30 - 14.30

Welcome Lunch*

Greetings from the Rector

 

14.45 - 16.15

The Jubilee Year*

Arch. Rino Fisichella - Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization [Section for Fundamental Questions regarding Evangelization in the World]

16.30 - 18.45

GUIDED TOUR: Historic Center of Rome

Mr. John & Mrs. Ashley Noronha - Professors, Art & Architecture Guides

TUESDAY, 10 September

8.30 - 10.30

GUIDED TOUR: St. Peter's Basilica

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

11.30 - 13.00

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

Mgr. Stephen Wang - Rector

13.15 - 15.15

WORK LUNCH: Who’s Who in the College of Cardinals

Prof. Andrea Gagliarducci - Vatican Analyst and Journalist

16.30 - 17.30

VISIT TO THE BARRACKS OF THE PONTIFICAL SWISS GUARD

18.00 - 19.00

ENCOUNTER: Doing Diplomacy in the Holy See - A Perspective from the British Ambassador to the Holy See

H.E. Christopher Trott - British Ambassador to the Holy See

WEDNESDAY, 11 September

11.30 - 13.00

Christians in the Middle East*

Fr. John Luke Gregory - Franciscan friar of the Custody of the Holy Land

13.15 - 15.15

WORK LUNCH: Vatican Communications

Mr. Alessandro Gisotti - Dicastery for Communications

15.30 - 17.00

Finance and Economy of the Vatican*

Dr. Benjamín Estévez de Cominges - Secretary General of the Secretariat for the Economy

17.15 - 18.45

The Church in Asia*

Fr. Robert McCulloch - Missionary Society of St. Columban

THURSDAY, 12 September

9.00 - 10.30

The Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See: How is a Nuncio made?*

Mons. Mirosław Stanisław Wachowski - Under-secretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State

10.45 - 11.15

Coffee Break*

11.30 - 13.00

The Role of Women in the Church*

Prof. María Dolores Sánchez Galera - Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development

13.15 - 15.15

WORK LUNCH: L'Osservatore Romano: The Voice of The Vatican

Prof. Andrea Monda - Director of L'Osservatore Romano

15.30 - 17.00

Human Trafficking and Migrants*

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

17.15 - 18.45

The Church’s Response to Sexual Abuse*

Prof. Dr. Irma Patricia Espinosa Hernandez - Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

FRIDAY, 13 September

9.00 - 10.30

ENCOUNTER AND VISIT TO THE SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA - GRAND PRIORY OF ROME

11.30 - 13.00

Reform of the Curia: Historical Context*

Rev. Prof. Roberto Regoli Pontifical Gregorian University

13.15 - 15.15

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

John Allen - Crux

15.30 - 17.00

The Church in Africa*

Archb. Fortunatus Nwachukwu - Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization (Section of First Evangelization and New Particular Churches)

 

19.00 - 22.30

GUIDED TOUR OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS (includes dinner)

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

SATURDAY, 14 September

9.00 - 10.00

BUS TRIP TO CASTEL GANDOLFO

10.30 - 12.00

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

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

13.00 - 14.30

FAREWELL LUNCH IN CASTEL GANDOLFO

16.30 - 17.30

BUS TRIP BACK TO ROME

END OF SEMINAR

 

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