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Ecumenical Patriarch to Give Lecture at St Mary's

His All Holiness, Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, is to deliver a lecture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

His All Holiness, Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, is to deliver a lecture entitled ‘Religion in Dialogue: The Importance and Imperative of Dialogue in our World’ at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. It will mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to St Mary’s and will be the inaugural St Mary’s Lecture. It will take place in St Mary’s Chapel at 12.30pm on Wednesday 4th November 2015. Chair of St Mary’s Board of Governors Bishop Moth said, “It is an honour for me to receive His All Holiness on behalf of our Chancellor Cardinal Vincent Nichols. His St Mary’s lecture will be an historic occasion and one that, I hope, will encourage a wider religious dialogue in a world that is becoming increasingly fragmented.” Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s Francis Campbell said, “Having received Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, welcoming the Ecumenical Patriarch will be another prestigious and proud day for St Mary’s. Encouraging dialogue between faiths and denominations is a primary ambition for our University and I believe the visit of His All Holiness will help to bring together the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.” His All Holiness, Bartholomew, is the 270th and current Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, he is the "first among equals" and the spiritual leader of an estimated 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. If you would like to attend please register online at

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