Celebrating seven years of the ministry of Pope Francis

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Celebrating seven years of the ministry of Pope Francis

The Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge is putting on a series of online seminars to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Francis.

This seminar series – with three sessions in July and three in October – will reflect on some of the significant features of his pontificate.

The first session in July will search for the heart of Francis’ pontificate. What drives him? What are his hopes for the Church and its mission? The second session will look at Evangelli gaudium  The Joy of the Gospel, the document that he himself describes as ‘programmatic’ for his pontificate. The third session in July will focus on something that is key for Francis: as he puts it, ‘the name of God is mercy’. Francis constantly returns, in what he does and in what he says, to the absolute centrality of mercy.

The first session in October will consider ways in which Pope Francis is seeking renewal in the Church, especially through ‘synodality’. The remaining two sessions will present questions of crucial importance for him: the relationship between ‘care for humanity’s common home’, the environment, and the inequalities and injustice present in our world.
 The seminars will be led by Dr Peter Coughlan and will take place on Wednesdays from 10am – 12 noon on July 8, 15, and 22 July and October 7, 14, and 21.

The cost is £20 per seminar or £100 if you sign up for all 6 seminars. To book please email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk