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Cardinal Kasper in Oxford

Thursday, May 08, 2008
Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was in Oxford recently for two days. The main reason for his visit was to deliver the inaugural lecture in a new series organised by the Catholic Halls of the University in honour of John Henry Newman. On Sunday 4 May, the Cardinal began his visit with dinner at Blackfriars hosted by the Dominican community.

The next day, Monday 5 May, Cardinal Kasper fielded a broad range of questions from the theology faculty and students of the University. Events took place at Christ Church College, at Greyfriars and at St Benet's. In the afternoon, he delivered the inaugural John Henry Newman Lecture to a full auditorium at St John's College. Entitled 'The timeliness of talking about God', the Cardinal expressed the need for good theological discourse as a response to secularisation and 'the new atheism'. We hope to have excerpts from his talk online in due course. The lecture was followed by a reception in Blackfriars.

Above, Cardinal Kasper with fr Richard Finn OP, who is Regent of Studies.

Lawrence Lew OP


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