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Pope Francis marked the fifth anniversary of his election last week and as five years has come and gone, it provides our diocesan community with an opportunity to reflect upon this five years, explore what has taken place, what Pope Francis has offered the Church in his pontificate and maybe consider what might lie ahead of us. The diocesan department of Adult Education and Evangelisation has arranged a series of three lectures across the spring and summer to allow us to look back, to assess, and to think ahead. Fr James Hanvey SJ and Austen Ivereigh will be with us as part of this series of three lectures. Of course, we will have opportunity to consider Pope Francis’ key contributions through his publication of Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato si’ and Amoris Laetitia as well as keeping his agenda of reform somewhere in the ‘mix’.

The lectures will take place at St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath, and begin at 7pm.

Tuesday 24 April – Fr James Hanvey: Pope Francis and his vision for the Church of the 21st… even the 22nd Century.

Tuesday 26 June – Austen Ivereigh will help us reflect upon Pope Francis and the Church of Mission and his call to evangelise.

Wednesday 19 September – Fr James Hanvey SJ: Pope Francis and the future!

The lectures are free and all are most welcome.

Fr James Hanvey SJ is Master of Campion Hall in Oxford and a great friend of the diocese having accompanied our diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Assisi as well as facilitated a week of study in 2017 for some of our priests. He has been a Headmaster, lecturer at Heythrop, theological consultant for the Bishops’ Conference, as well as finding time to write and publish. He has worked with Clifton on Faith and Art series alongside the Catholic Communications Network and the National Gallery.

Austen Ivereigh is a Catholic writer, campaigner, and co-ordinator of Catholic Voices. His book Pope Francis, The Great Reformer, was published in December 2014. Austen has visited our diocese before and been a keynote speaker at our diocesan day.

Pope Francis 5 years