2009 - “Catholicism and Secularism in Contemporary Europe”

Monday, January 26, 2009
Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was invited to give the 2009 Keeley Vatican Lecture. He delivered a lecture entitled “Catholicism and Secularism in Contemporary Europe.”

In his position, to which he was appointed by Pope Benedict, Archbishop Amato oversaw the process of the official canonization of Catholic saints. Prior to that appointment, he had been the secretary for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, of which Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was prefect before his election to the papacy in 2005.

Archbishop Amato also celebrated a Mass observing the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. Last June 28, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI formally opened a Jubilee Year to celebrate the 2,000th anniversary of St. Paul’s birth.

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