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Second annual international crèche exhibit opens at Notre Dame

December 10, 2015Brett Robinson

Créches from Around the World: Mexico

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Christmas Nativity scenes from around the world will be on display at the University of Notre Dame from Nov. 18 through Jan. 31. Read More

Waiting for Pope Francis

September 11, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

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

Saturdays With the Saints: A foretaste of eternity on game day

August 25, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Statue of St. Thomas More on the west entrance to Biolchini Hall

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

Faculty lectures add to options for football weekend activities

August 25, 2015

Football Fridays at the Eck

Visitors who want a break from tailgating on football weekends have a variety of options for public lectures and talks around campus this fall. From science to the humanities to faith, these events will explore a range of topics of interest to the University of Notre Dame community. Read More

Catholic high school teachers debunk science vs. religion myth

June 11, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Word of Life mural

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

Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine 'holy light' on climate change

June 10, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

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

Brother Guy Consolmagno, 'Pope’s astronomer,' to speak at Notre Dame

June 02, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

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

Institute for Church Life to Host Interdisciplinary Conference on Creation

June 02, 2015Brett Robinson

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

Theology professors to lead MOOC

May 05, 2015Valerie McCance

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

Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

April 28, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Marriage, the Church and the Common Good

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

Archbishop Fitzgerald to speak on Christianity and Islam 50 years after 'Nostra Aetate'

April 24, 2015Michael O. Garvey

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

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, 2015Brett Robinson

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

Camino program offers online faith formation classes for Hispanic Catholics

February 20, 2015Brett Robinson

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