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Catholic Mission in Today’s World Conference
Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 10.30am – 3.30pm
at Heythrop College, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN

On Wednesday, 21 October, the Catholic Missionary Union, Mill Hill Missionaries and Missio, along with Heythrop College, are holding their second conference looking at ‘Catholic Mission in Today’s World’. We are thrilled that Prof. Sanneh from Yale University in the USA is coming to share with us his insights on Dialogue between North and South: What we can learn about inter-faith and mission.
We would be grateful if you could advertise the conference, whether on your website, social media, or any other communications you have going out. I have attached a poster and advert in case they are of use. More information is available on our website at
The conference is free, but advance registration is needed at
Prof. Sanneh is the author of over a hundred articles on religious and historical subjects, and of several books, including ‘Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture (Orbis Books, 1989). He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Commission of the Historical Sciences, and by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims.
Prof. Sanneh was born and brought up in Gambia. He studied at the University of Birmingham and the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, and earned his doctorate in Islamic History at the University of London. He is a convert to Catholicism from Islam, and brings a wealth of personal experience to the discussion around dialogue between the North and South, inter-faith issues, and mission.

The conference is open to all interested in ‘mission’, whether missionaries, lay people, priests and religious, academics or students. It will include time to meet with others, discuss in groups, and input from Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Committee for Other Faiths and the Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations, and Fr Paul Richardson, who spent many years  in Papua New Guinea.