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Vatican’s ‘Foreign Secretary’ to give Glasgow Cardinal Winning lecture

The Vatican’s ‘foreign secretary’ is to give this year’s Cardinal Winning Lecture in Glasgow.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, will deliver the 2019 Cardinal Winning Lecture on Saturday November 16 in the Bute Hall, Gilbert Scott (Main) Building, at the University of Glasgow.

The Cardinal Winning Lecture, formerly known as the Catholic Education Week Lecture, was established in 1993 by the Department of Religious Education in St Andrew’s College and is now organised by the St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education
at Glasgow University.

The lecture was instituted to showcase leading Catholic and Christian thinkers interested in education, Catholic education and the public space.

Catholic Education Week

The lecture, named after the late Glasgow Cardinal, is held each year during Catholic Education Week, and was last year given by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Previous lecturers include Alex Salmond and Archbishop Gerhard Muller.

Roisín Coll, director of the St Andrew’s Foundation, said: “Last year we celebrated 100 years of state funded Catholic education by inviting the First Minister to speak about the place of Catholic schools in Scotland from a state perspective, where she committed to the continued support of the Scottish Government to our Catholic schools in this country.

“However, recent renewed questioning by influential opinion formers of the existence of Catholic schools underlines the need for the whole community of Catholic Education to rededicate itself to the flourishing of our schools for the next 100 years.

“It is appropriate, therefore, to hear from the Vatican’s foreign secretary to enable us to see our work in the context of global Catholic education. This is a public lecture and we extend a warm invitation to those interested in Catholic education to attend.”

Archbishop Gallagher

Archbishop Gallagher was ordained by Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool in 1977 and joined the Vatican’s diplomatic service seven years later.

Fluent in Italian, French and Spanish, he served as the Vatican’s Nuncio to Guatemala and Burundi before being moved to Australia. He took over the post in Burundi in 2004 after his predecessor was assassinated.

During his own tenure there, his residence was bombed, though he happened to be out of the country at the time.

The event is open to those who have registered for tickets in advance only. To book tickets, visit:

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