“My Contacts with Saint John Paul II at the Fall of the Soviet Union”: The Keeley Vatican Lecture with Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti


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His Excellency, The Most Reverend Claudio Gugerotti, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain and the Titular Archbishop of Rebellum, will present the Keeley Vatican Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 5:30 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center. Rev. Friedrich Bechina, who served as the Keeley Vatican Lecturer in 2016, will provide the introduction.

This in-person lecture, entitled “My Contacts with Saint John Paul II at the Fall of the Soviet Union,” is free and open to the public. It will also be available to view via livestream on this page.

About the Speaker

Claudio Gugerotti was born in Verona, Italy, in 1955 and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Verona in 1982. He studied Eastern Languages and Sacred Liturgy and was a professor of Patristics, Eastern Liturgy at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Verona from 1981 to 1985.

In 1985, he was appointed as an official working at the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and he became its Undersecretary in 1997. He has also taught at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

On 7 December 2001, Pope St John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Georgia and to Armenia. He was also subsequently appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Azerbaijan on 13 December.

He received his episcopal consecration by Pope St John Paul on 6 January 2002 appointing him to the Titular See of Rebellum (Ravello is the Italian title).

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus in 2011 and Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine in 2015.

Pope Francis named Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain on Saturday, 4 July 2020.

About the Series

Generously supported by Terrence R. Keeley '81, the lecture is now in its second decade. It provides a way for the Nanovic Institute to deepen Notre Dame’s connection to the Holy See by bringing distinguished representatives from the Vatican to Notre Dame to explore questions involving Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. Each year’s lecturer is chosen by the Institute in close consultation with its Advisory Board and the Notre Dame administration. View the archive for the complete archive of past Keeley Vatican Lectures.

Originally published at nanovic.nd.edu.