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The main speaker at the evening conferences will be Father Raniero Cantalamessa.

“In view of the November men’s retreat in Rome I have in mind the following four themes, suggested by the fact that at the time we have just celebrated the feast of All Saints and the commemoration of the dead, and the fact that the retreat takes please in Rome, at the heart of the Church:

  • The universal call to holiness of all the people of God (in the light of pope Francis’ exhortation on holiness)
  • Holiness in marriage
  • Loving the Church
  • Christ has conquered death!

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa”

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Father Raniero Cantalamessa, from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, was born on July 22, 1934 in Colli del Tronto (Italy). He was ordained a priest in 1958. In 1962 he obtained a doctorate in theology at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, and in 1966 a doctorate in classical literature at the Catholic University of Milan. At this University he was a full professor of the history of ancient Christianity and dean of the Faculty of Theology.
In the years 1975-1981 he belonged to the International Theological Commission.

After 1975, he decided to devote himself to pastoral work and spiritual direction.

In 1979, he gave up his professorship at the university in Milan to completely devote himself to the preaching of the word of God. Since 1980, as a preacher of the Papal House, he preaches Advent and Lenten sermons for the Pope, cardinals and bishops in the Vatican. The position of the apostolic preacher was introduced by Pope Paul IV (1555), and Pope Benedict XIV in 1743 entrusted them to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins. Father Raniero, as a papal preacher, received on April 26, 2010. the title of doctor honoris causa of the University of Macerata.
Every Saturday, he comments on the Sunday Gospel on the Italian television Rai Uno.
Father Cantalamessa, OFMCap, conducts retreats, days of recollection, and conferences at various places around the world. Known for his particular sensitivity to matters of ecumenism, he is also invited by the Lutheran and Anglican communities. His books, translated into several languages, contain a living theology, developed on kneeling during prayer and adoration. They are permeated with the Bible and the teaching of the Fathers of the Church.