December 10, 2015 •
September 11, 2015 •
When Pope Francis lands at Andrews Air Force Base on Sept. 22, it will be the first time in a short pontificate and a long life that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Argentina, has ever set foot in the United States. His visit promises to be unprecedented in numerous other ways, and several University of Notre Dame scholars have been speculating on how. Read More
August 25, 2015 •
As is true of any great festival, a University of Notre Dame home football game weekend is much more than its central event. The roughly 61,000 people who travel to the University’s campus for each home game can expect to attend a splendid and storied athletic contest, but they can also expect a unique experience that blends merry-making, feasting, community and even worship.
For six years, one of these peripheral game-day offerings, “Saturdays With the Saints,” has attracted increasing numbers of enthusiastic participants and now seems sure to become as indispensable a feature of a football weekend as the marching band’s pre-game departure from the steps of the Main Building. Read More
August 25, 2015 •
June 11, 2015 •
Science and religion teachers from Catholic high schools nationwide are meeting at the University of Notre Dame June 14-19 (Sunday-Friday) to debunk the notion that their academic disciplines contradict each other.
The week-long seminar, titled Science and Religion: Strangers, Rivals, or Partners in the Search for Truth? and hosted by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL), has attracted some 90 Catholic high school teachers of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and religion from 23 dioceses from across the country. Read More
June 10, 2015 •
Encyclicals are formal letters issued by a pope to the universal Church concerning moral, doctrinal and disciplinary matters. While Pope Francis’ predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both called for restraint on consumption and care for the earth, Pope Francis, from the very first days of his papacy, has amplified their teaching, making clear his conviction that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a moral responsibility to protect the poor in a climate-changing world. Read More
June 02, 2015 •
More than twenty internationally-recognized theologians will discuss the doctrine of creation ‘out of nothing’ at a conference entitled, “Creation ‘Out of Nothing’: Origins and Contemporary Significance” July 5-8, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame.
Scholars from Biblical Studies, Church History, Jewish Theology and Theology and Science will present work that examines the philosophical and scriptural roots of the classic doctrine of creation ‘out of nothing.’ The conference seeks to understand more fully what the doctrine might mean in a modern context. Read More
June 02, 2015 •
Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., astronomer and president of the Vatican Observatory, will speak on his career in science and faith at 7 p.m. June 16 (Tuesday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science.
Brother Consolmagno’s lecture, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” will concern this and similar questions addressed to him in emails and letters he receives in the course of his work. Read More
May 05, 2015 •
On June 1, 2015, Professors Gary Anderson and John Cavadini will lead a MOOC - a massive, open, online class - that is available to anyone with an internet connection. Their course, titled "Jesus in Scripture and Tradition," will introduce students to a theological way of reading the Christian Bible. “By exploring three interrelated questions: Who is Israel, Who is Jesus and Who is the Church, we hope to provide the student with means of contemplating the identity of Jesus Christ as he has been understood in the Christian tradition. As the questions suggest, the identity of Jesus Christ is inseparable from the mystery of Israel and that of the Church. To ponder one is to ponder all three.” Read More
April 28, 2015 •
A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday (April 27) in Room 141 of DeBartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Read More
April 24, 2015 •
Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald will give a public lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Second Vatican Council document “Nostra Aetate” at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in Geddes Hall’s Andrews Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.
Archbishop Fitzgerald’s lecture, “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate,” will focus on the influence “Nostra Aetate,” the Council’s pivotal declaration on non-Christian religions, has had on relations between Christians and Muslims. Read More
Human Dignity Lecture, Spring 2015. “Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity & Human Rights in Contemporary China.”
March 27, 2015 •
Chinese civil rights activist to speak at Notre Dame on human dignity
The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives and the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will host Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng for a lecture entitled, “Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity & Human Rights in Contemporary China.” The event is part of the Human Dignity lecture series and will take place on April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Auditorium. Read More
February 20, 2015 •
According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. Catholic Church is becoming more Hispanic, but the number of Hispanics who identify as Catholic is declining. Inresponse to a need for stronger faith formation among Hispanic adults, the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life has launched Camino, an online adult faith formation program for Hispanic Catholics. Read More