Monday, January 29, 2007

Outstanding Speakers this week!

UCL Cathsoc tonight (Monday 29 January) welcomes the Provost of the Birmingham Oratory, Fr Paul Chevasse, as its guest speaker. Fr Chevasse is also the postulator for the cause for canonisation of Cardinal Newman. The talk will outline the process and developments so far of Cardinal Newman's cause. The talk, entitled Cardinal Newman: The Journey to Canonisation, will take place at 7.30pm at Newman House.

On Sunday 4 February we have the honour of welcoming Baroness Cox of Queensbury as the guset speaker at the Sunday Bar lunch after Mass. Her talk is on the very topical subject of Christian-Islamic Dialogue in the 21st century, and is entitled Bridges not Walls - Reconciliation through Realism.

Lady Cox is an outstanding figure in British public life and is well versed, through personal experience, with her subject. She was created a Life Peer in 1982 and has been a deputy speaker of the House of Lords since 1985. She was founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University 1991-2001 and is a Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing. She is heavily involved with international humanitarian work and is the founder and Chief Executive of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART). She also serves as a non-executive director of the Andrei Sakhorov Foundation; the Siberian Medical University; and has been a trustee of MERLIN -Medical Emergency Relief International.

Her awards include: the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the Wilberforce Award for humanitarian work and the Inetrnational Mother Teresa Award. She holds an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, and honorary doctorates from universities in the UK, USA, Russia and Armenia.

Baroness Cox's work in the field of humanitarian aid has taken her on many missions to conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh; many visits to Africa including Sudan and Nigeria; to the Karen, Karenni and Chin peoples in the jungles of Burma and to communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia and more recently to North Korea.

She has authored a number of books, her latest publications including Cox's Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs which "gives an inspiring account of living saints, enlightening the dark side of stories of martyrdom, and celebrating the ways in which men and women experience a transformation of their lives through their great sacrifices for those less fortunate" and This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century, co-authored with Dr John Marks.

We are indeed privileged to have 2 such outsanding contributors this week, and are very grateful to them for giving of their time to be with us.

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