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The Church Up Close 

Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis

2021 Edition

Provisional Program September 6-12, 2021

Last updated: 15 May, 2020 - Stay Tuned for updates! -
Information on Topics, Speakers and Times will be added as confirmed. 

TOPICS AND EVENTS TYPICALLY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING--but please note each event and speaker/location/timing will be confirmed as we approach September 2021. 



Getting to Know the Church Up Close 

Nature and Mission: What Is the Catholic Church?

The Thought of Pope Francis

The Future of the Church in Asia

The Catholic Church in Dialogue with Other Religions

The Future of the Church in Africa

The Pope and the Earth

Prospective for Economic and Financial Life of the Holy See

The Holy See on the International Stage

The Church’s Response to Sexual Abuse

The Role of Women in the Church

The Work of the Roman Curia

The Treatment of Religion in the News Room




Tour: the Historic Center of Rome

Tour: Visit to St. Peter's Basilica

Tour: Visit to the Vatican Museums



Encounter:  At the Holy Office: Myths and Reality

Encounter:  At the Vatican Communications Office: The Future of Vatican Communications

Encounter: At the Ambassador's residence: Diplomacy and the Holy See

Encounter: At the Venerable English College: Training Priests for the Universal Church


Encounter: At the Vatican Observatory: The Catholic Church and Scientific Culture

PAPAL AUDIENCE (St. Peter’s Square) 

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