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Pope Francis' Diplomacy  

ArchbishopThe Dean and faculty of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are honored to host a lecture and celebration titled "Pope Francis' Diplomacy" on Ash Wednesday, March 1 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Suite, University Center. 

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Bernardito C. Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, will offer his experience as a Vatican diplomat and comment on the diplomatic priorities of Pope Francis. This event, cosponsored by the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, is a prime opportunity for community members to engage with the Apostolic Nuncio to the UN and the new leader of the Newark Archdiocese, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin. The event will explore the role of the long tradition of Vatican's diplomatic efforts around the world and its effect in the modern world in the spirit of Pope Francis.

In addition to the main event, a Lenten dinner will be offered from 6-7 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, University Center. This Lenten dinner will consist of simple soup and bread in the spirit of Lenten sacrifice for all those who attend. Donations will also be collected on behalf of the Division of Volunteer Efforts to benefit Syrian refugees in our area. Ashes will be administered that day at the 5 p.m. Mass held in the University Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

Through these events, the School of Diplomacy and International Relations is celebrating a renewed partnership with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. With support from the School's John Paul II Scholarship, this program will enable Diplomacy students from Seton Hall University to do internships at the Holy See's Mission, providing them a hands-on opportunity to apply the theory and concepts that they learn in the classroom to the actual events and processes of international affairs. This partnership will help students to not only learn about but to participate in the diplomatic work of the Catholic Church in the world and be able to model their diplomatic career in that light.

School of Diplomacy students combine theory and practice through a rigorous internship program, which is an integral part of the educational experience. The School's proximity to New York, presence in Washington, D.C., and its relationships with the United Nations and the UN community, businesses, and NGOs offer unparalleled opportunities for students to gain practical experience in their field of interest. The School's partnership with the Holy See Mission to the UN will enrich students' professional development opportunities.

Seton Hall University is Catholic institution that calls students to servant leadership and encourages them to build a more sustainable and peaceful future. The School of Diplomacy embraces these values, and prepares men and women to make a tangible difference in a rapidly changing global environment.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to

Categories: Nation and World

For more information, please contact:

  • Elizabeth Halpin
  • (973) 275-2560
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