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Leading academic to open Newman Lectures in Norwich

This year's Newman Lectures at the University of East Anglia open with a lecture by leading Catholic academic Professor Stephen Bullivant.

A former atheist, Professor Bullivant (pictured right) studied philosophy and theology at Oxford University, and converted to Catholicism whilst completing a doctorate studying Vatican II.

He is an award-winning scholar who has written widely on atheism and secularism as well as on the Trinity and on Fatima. Professor Bullivant is also a regular columnist for the Catholic Herald, and in addition speaks on BBC radio and on EWTN.

The theme of the 2018 Newman Lectures is Holiness and, by co-incidence, Pope Francis is about to issue an Apostolic Exhortation on the same topic.

Professor Bullivant will be speaking particularly about holiness and secularism, and has described the invitation to give a Newman Lecture as "a great honour'.

The Newman Lectures begin at UEA on April 16 at 6.30pm, in the Julian Study Centre and are free to attend.

They continue with formerArchbishop Rowan Williams (April 23); andSr Ann Swailesof Cambridge University (April 30).

For more information contactandrew.eburne@uea.ac.uk