Victoria: Public Lecture on Catholic Social Teaching and Interreligious Dialogue

On Tuesday 18 July at Australian Catholic University participants will have the opportunity of hearing two Cardinals of the Catholic Church speaking about Catholic Social Teaching: Cardinal Turkson relating it to Integral Human Development and Cardinal Quevedo relating it to Interreligious Dialogue.


Most Rev. Peter Turkson is a Ghanaian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 24 October 2009 to 1 January 2017. Pope Francis named him the first prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, which began operations on 1 January 2017.

The Vatican announced the creation of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on 31 August 2016, and it became effective 1 January 2017. Cardinal Peter Turkson was named its first prefect. This dicastery of the Roman Curia combined the work of four Pontifical Councils established following the Second Vatican Council: Justice and Peace, Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, and Cor Unum. Pope Francis has given it responsibility for “issues regarding migrants, those in need, the sick, the excluded and marginalized, the imprisoned and the unemployed, as well as victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, and all forms of slavery and torture”.

The Pope announced that “temporarily” he would personally direct the dicastery’s work on behalf of migrants and refugees.

Most Rev. Orlando Quevedo (born 11 March 1939) is a Filipino Cardinal and the current Archbishop of Cotabato. On January 12, 2014, Pope Francis named him as one of 19 new cardinals of the Catholic Church. He was created a cardinal in the consistory of February 22, 2014. Pope Francis named him member in Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

The Pontificial Council for Interreligious Dialogue is the central office of the Catholic Church for promoting interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration Nostra aetate. It has the following responsibilities:

  • to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of others religious traditions;
  • to encourage the study of religions;
  • to promote the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue

Australian Catholic Migrant Refugee Office will auspice a Public Lecture at Australian Catholic University on the evening of Tuesday 18 July. Cardinals Turkson and Quevdedo will both speak at the lecture.


WHAT: Public Lecture: Catholic Social Teaching in the Global Context
WHEN: Tuesday 18 July at 7:00PM
WHERE: Philippa Brazil Lecture Theatre, Daniel Mannix Building, Australian Catholic University, Victoria Parade, Melbourne




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