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A Study Day Celebrating Seven Years of Pope Francis

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A Study Day Celebrating Seven Years of Pope Francis led by Dr Peter Coughlan

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 10.30 am–4.00 pm

Venue: Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, 12 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DU

Cost: £15

Payment for the course can be made by cheque payable to ‘The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology’ or cash on the day. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

To book, please send an email by 1 April to mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk with your name and ‘Pope Francis Study Day’ in the subject box

About the Study Day

13 March 2020 is the seventh anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. That event marked the beginning of what has already been an extraordinary, and in many ways unexpected, pontificate. This study day will look at the significance of these seven years for the Church and the world. Two lectures in the morning regarding key aspects of this pontificate will be followed by group reflection and discussion in the afternoon. Looking at the pope’s own words rather than simply citing the words of commentators, the day will consider, ‘who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio’, what has contributed to the style and approach that distinguishes his papacy, and what is his understanding of what it means to be Church in the world of today.  This day of reflection and celebration will, insofar as the limits of time allow, also focus on elements of continuity and discontinuity that characterize this pontificate. It will consider how Francis’ papacy is in very many ways an implementation and development of the Second Vatican Council, the most important religious event of the last 100 years. 

About the Study Day Leader

Dr Peter Coughlan began his studies in theology in Rome a year before the Second Vatican Council opened in October, 1962. After attending the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the staff college for the Holy See’s diplomatic service, he was appointed to the Secretariat for Non-Christian Religions (now Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue). From 1980 to 1991 Peter was Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. During this period he was also a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and a member of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (headquartered in Geneva). In recent years Peter taught ecclesiology, ecumenism and ethics at Heythrop College, University of London.


April 22
10:00 am - 3:00 pm