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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Inspirational speaker to give Pope Paul VI Lecture
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┬áThe renowned Brazilian lecturer Vera Ara˙jo will give this year's Pope Paul VI memorial lecture on 16 November. Described by those who have heard her lecture as a "great storyteller with an immense vision which inspires hope", Dr Ara˙jo has lectured internationally for many years on Catholic social teaching. A sociologist by profession, Vera was born in Recife, north-east Brazil and went on to study theology in Rome where she now lives. Her lectures are at once challenging and accessible, not least because her theory and reflection are firmly rooted in practice and her own experience of being with poor communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. CAFOD director Chris Bain said: "The Pope Paul VI lecture is always a highlight of CAFOD's calendar and this year is no exception. Vera Ara˙jo promises to inspire us to build on our faith to work for global justice." The event on 16 November at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London will be chaired by Peter Stanford ş a renowned journalist, writer and broadcaster. Formerly editor of the Catholic Herald, he now writes and reviews regularly in The Tablet, The Observer and the Independent on Sunday. He has also written several books including biographies of Cardinal Basil Hume, the former Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis and Lord Longford. His books on religion include an (unauthorised!) biography of the Devil, Why I am still a Catholic, and Catholics and Sex. There are a few remaining tickets at ú6 for the lecture only (ú4 for students) and ú12 for lecture and reception. Please call 020 7095 5568 or email
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