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STEUBENVILLE — How can the vision and insight of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI help the Church overcome today’s most critical challenges? Participants in the annual conference of the Vatican Josef Ratzinger Foundation/Pope Benedict XVI will gather to answer this question at the Franciscan University of Steubenville on October 20 and 21.

“The conference will focus on Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI’s understanding of the Church as a unifying principle for his entire theological vision,” said Stephen Hidebrand, dean of the School of Theology and Philosophy at Franciscan University and professor of theology. “It will apply his ideas about the church to the issues and challenges facing the church today.”

Hildebrand expressed his hope that “Participants will leave with gratitude for the theological work of Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, with greater love for the Church and with heightened hope for its future.”

After a welcome by the Reverend Dave Pivonka, TOR, President of the Franciscan University, nine presentations and responses will be given by the following speakers: Kurt Cardinal Koch, President, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Reverend Achim Buckenmaier, Teologia del popolo di Dio; Tracey Rowland, Professor, University of Notre Dame, Sydney; Christian Schaller, Professor, Papst Benedikt XVI Institute; Michael Root, Professor, Catholic University of America; Christian Washburn, Professor, University of St. Thomas; Michael Waldstein, Professor, Franciscan University of Steubenville; William Wright IV, Professor, Duquesne University; and Bishop Stefan Oster, SDB, of Passau.

The foundation, sponsor of the conference, was founded in 2010 to promote the printing, distribution and study of texts written by Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. The foundation pursues scientific and cultural research to foster the study of theology with emphasis on Holy Scripture, patristics and the sacred arts. The objectives of the foundation also include awarding scholarships, organizing cultural and scientific conferences and rewarding scholars who have distinguished themselves through their publications, scientific research or artistic achievements.

To register or for more information, visit franciscan.edu/2022-ratzinger-foundation-conference.

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