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The Church Up Close

Covering Catholicism

in the age of Benedict XVI

2008 Edition


Monday 8

9.00 -10.15

Nature and Mission: What Is the Catholic Church?

Rev. Prof. Philip Goyret, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 - 12.00

The Whole and Its Parts: How the Church Is Organized

Rev. Prof. Brian Ferme, St. Pius X Institute of Canon Law, Venice


Work Lunch with “Vaticanisti”

Ms. Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Mr. Marco Tosatti, La Stampa



Church Diplomacy: The Vatican Secretariat of State

Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, Secretariat of State

Tuesday 9

8.30 - 12.30

Visit to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

Prof. Elizabeth Lev, Duquesne University


Work Lunch on Pontifical Universities and Priestly Formation



The Holy Office: Myths and Reality

Msgr. Charles Brown, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Wednesday 10

10.30 – 12.00

Papal Audience (St. Peter’s Square)


Work Lunch

The Church in China: A Silent Revolution

Rev. Bernardo Cervellera, AsiaNews
Dr. Raphaela Schmid, Beckett Institute




Ambassadors to a Church?

Mr. Francis Campbell, British Ambassador to the Holy See

Thursday 11

9.00 - 10.00

Facing the New Bioethical Challenges

Marta Bertolaso, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome

10.00 – 10.15 Coffee break

10.15 – 11.45

You Are What You Pray: Liturgical Issues in the Church

Rev. Cassian Folsom, Monastery of San Benedetto, Norcia

Visit to the Scavi Vaticani
12.00 – 13.00 (Group 1)

13.30 – 14.30 (Group 2)

Msgr. Christopher Nalty, Congregation for the Clergy




The Press Office of the Holy See

Friday 12

9.00 - 10.15

The Common Good and the Justice Agenda: Social Doctrine of the Church Today

Msgr. Anthony Frontiero, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 - 12.00

Islam and the Catholic Church

Rev. Prof. Maurice Borrmans, M. Afr. Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies


Work Lunch

The Holy See and Israel

Rev. Prof. David Maria A. Jaeger, OFM Pontifical University Antonianum



Peter’s Barque in a Sea of Christianities: Ecumenism and Religious Pluralism Joan-Andreu Rocha, Pontifical Atheneum Regina Apostolorum

Saturday 13

9.00 – 10.15

The Long Shadow of Galileo: Science and the Church

Rev. Prof. Rafael Martínez, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

10.15 – 10.45

Coffee break

10.45 – 12.00

Theological Keys to Joseph Ratzinger’s Thought

Card. James Francis Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary



Work Lunch

Sunday 14


Visit to Castelgandolfo and Angelus with Benedict XVI




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