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The Church Up Close

Covering Catholicism in the age of Francis

2014 Edition


Monday Sept. 8

  • 8.30-9.00: Registration

  • 9.45-11.00: “Nature and Mission: What Is the Catholic Church?”, Rev. Prof. Paul O’Callaghan, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

  • 11.30-12.45: “Economic Crisis and Charity”, Prof. Stefano Zamagni, Bologna University

  • 15.00-17.30: Tour of the Historic Center of Rome, John and Ashley Noronha, Art and Architecture Guides

  • 17.30-18.30: Reception at the US Ambassador's residence 


Tuesday Sept. 9 

  • 12.30-13.30: ENCOUNTER "The Press Office of the Holy See", Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director

  • 15.00-17.00: “Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue”, Jean-Louis Pierre Cardinal Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

  • 17.45-19.15: ENCOUNTER “The Holy Office: Myths and Reality”, Monsignor Steven Lopes, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


Wednesday Sept. 10

  • 10.00-12.00: Wednesday General Audience with Pope Francis (St. Peter's Square

  • 13.00-15.00: WORKING LUNCH: "Vaticanisti", Francis Rocca, Catholic News Service, and Gerard O'Connell, Vatican Insider  

  • 17.15-18.30: “Prospective for Economic and Financial Life of the Holy See”,Card. George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy 


Thursday Sept. 11 

  • 9.00-10.30: "The Pope Who Came from the Ends of the Earth", Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences  

  • 11.15-13.00: “A Deeper Look into the Magisterium of Pope Francis”, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization 

  • 13.15-15.15: WORKING LUNCH: " A Glance at Vatican Media", Seán-Patrick Lovett, Vatican Radio, and Mary Nolan, L'Osservatore Romano 

  • 16.00-17.30: “The role of the British Embassy to the Holy See", Nigel Baker, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Holy See


Friday Sept. 12

  • 9.00-10.30: "Faith, Science, and Media", Stephen Barr, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware

  • 11.00-12.30:"Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014: The Future of Marriage", Prof. José Granados, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

  • 13.00-15.00: WORKING LUNCH: "Christians and the Islamic World", Mario Antonio Ebcim, Testimonial

  • 15.30-17.00: “Facing New Bioethical Challenges”, Rev. Scott Borgman, Pontifical Academy for Life


Saturday Sept. 13

9.00-10.30: "The Making of a Bishop",Msgr. Tom Powers, Congregation of Bishops

  • 11.00-12.30: "50 Years After Vatican II: Forgotten Impulses and Open Questions"
    Prof. Ilaria Morali, International Academy of Religious Science 

  • 13.00-15.00: WORKING LUNCH: “The Pope’s Meetings with World Leaders”, Msgr. José Avelino Bettencourt, Head of Protocol, Vatican Secretariat of State

  • 15.30-16.30: "Developments in Vatican Communications", Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications 


Sunday Sept. 14

  • 10.00-11.30: Visit to Vatican Gardens, Msgr. Oswaldo Neves

  • 11.45-12.30: Sunday Angelus with Pope Francis (St. Peter's Square)

  • 13.30-15.30: FAREWELL LUNCH: Greg Burke, Vatican Senior Communications Officer


Special Events (visits, encounters and other activities)

  • Tour of Historic City Center

  • Visit to the St. Peter’s Basilica 

  • Night tour of Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel- The night tour begins with a Happy Hour in a courtyard within the muesums. 

  • Behind the Scenes Vatican Tour and Vatican Gardens

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