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African theologian to give this year's CAFOD Lecture
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¬†Sister Teresa Okure, a leading theologian from Nigeria, has been confirmed as this year's guest speaker for the CAFOD Pope Paul VI Lecture on 10 November. The 2006 Pope Paul VI lecture is to focus on African poverty and be delivered by Sister Teresa Okure, a world-renowned lecturer and author on theology from Nigeria. Entitled "Impoverished by wealth: Mama Africa and her experience of poverty", the lecture on November 10 will consider how a continent so rich in resources can be so poor, and what is responsible for this phenomenon. Despite having so much in terms of human, animal, mineral and other natural resources, Africa is a global icon of almost everything that is bad: underdevelopment, drought, displaced peoples, genocide, militarism, child soldiers and corruption. Sr Teresa will discuss how this dilemma challenges those involved in promoting the growth and development of Africa to take an honest, truth-informed and liberating look at the situation. She will consider how sustainable actions can give the continent a just and equitable share in her God-given wealth and in the fruit of her labours - the welfare of Africa is ultimately the welfare of our world. Sr Teresa is a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), Professor of New Testament and Gender Hermeneutics at the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Nigeria, as well as currently being Head of the Department of Biblical Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Institute. A member of many biblical, theological and missiological associations worldwide, she has lectured and taught in five continents and delivered papers at many national and international conferences. She has also authored and edited many books and over 100 articles on a diversity of subjects.Sr Teresa is currently Theological Adviser to the Gender Working Group of Caritas Internationalis in Rome. The event will be chaired by journalist Edward Stourton, who recently launched his biography of Pope John Paul II - one of the first to critically evaluate the late Pope's life and legacy. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, and educated at Ampleforth College and Trinity College, Cambridge, Edward Stourton is best known for presenting Radio 4's Today Programme. His long and distinguished journalistic career also includes six years as a presenter on the BBC One O'Clock News, and three years as diplomatic editor for ITN ≠ a job that saw him reporting from Baghdad during the Gulf War, and from Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo. He also presented Absolute Truth, a landmark four-part series for BBC2 in 1997 on the modern Catholic Church. He wrote a book to accompany the series, and is also a member of The Tablet Trust. The lecture is on 10 November. 7.15pm start (doors open 6.45pm) at The Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham490 Street, London. SW1P 3DW Tickets are £5 (lecture only) or £10 (lecture and reception), and are available by calling 020 7095 5568 or emailing
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