Public Lecture | The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (1927-2022): "Benedict XVI: Relevance and Need of Hope Today''



The Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy will hold a Public Lecture “The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (1927-2022)” on 16 February 2023.


As a human and Christian virtue, hope is always needed and therefore always relevant.  With his encyclical on Christian Hope, Pope Benedict XVI has contributed significantly to the dynamic spiritual and moral development of theological hope. The title of the Encyclical is Spe Salvi (saved in hope).  It comes from St. Paul: “Spe salvi facti sumus” (in hope we were saved (Rom 8:24)).

The speaker will present first Pope Benedict XVI’s description and development of theological hope; second, he will reflect on the German Pope’s teachings on the social dimension of hope focused on justice/love; third, the speaker will consider the innovative three “settings” to learn and practice hope, namely, prayer, action and suffering, and the Last Judgment.  Finally, the speaker will add some personal thoughts on theological hope today.

Indeed, “Dum spiro, spero”As long as I breathe, I hope


The speaker is Fr. Fausto Gomez Berlana OP, Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy of the University of Saint Joseph (Macau), and Professor of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Santo Tomas (Manila).  Professor Gomez will open the Series of Lectures on “The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (1927-2022)”.


Date: Thursday, 16 February 2023
Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. (GMT+8) 
Location: Library Conference Room, USJ Ilha Verde Campus

Organised by: Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy, University of Saint Joseph

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*Free event, open to the general public
*Sessions will be conducted in English