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More events you need to know about!

Posted by Dan Blackman on 16 May 2012

22 May: 'In Search of a Universal Ethic: A New Look at the Natural Law', Oxford

A seminar on the International Theological Commission document, 'In Search of a Universal Ethic: A New Look at the Natural Law', 2pm-5pm at Blackfriars, Oxford, co-sponsored by Blackfriars. Rev Dr Robert Ombres OP, Dr Pia Matthews, and the Centre's director Professor David Albert Jones will speak. For more information please contact Gwen McCourt on or on 01865 610 212. Website

25-27 May: World congress of families, Spain

The Madrid Congress will raise high the standard of the natural family in Western Europe. Join leaders, activists, scholars and officials who will gather to celebrate the natural family as the basic and fundamental unit of society, to share information and ideas, to network and plan for the battles ahead. Website

30 May-3 June: VII World meeting of families, Milan

The city of Milan and the Vatican are getting ready for the coming World Meeting of Families which will take place from May 30 to June 3, 2012 in Milan. The focus will be on family, work and celebration. The unique gathering will bring thousands of families together from all over the world, so they may strengthen their family unit. Benedict XVI will preside over several events at the gathering, including a Mass with thousands of families.

In Rome (1994) Pope John Paul II promoted the first World Meeting of Families, to be held every three years (Rio de Janeiro, 1997 - Rome, 2000 - Manila, 2003 - Valencia, 2006  - Mexico City, 2009). As Pope Benedict XVI informed at the end of the VI World Meeting of Families in Mexico City in January 2009, the next Meeting of Catholic families from all over the world will take place in Milan in 2012 on the theme The Family: Work and Celebration. Website

8 June: Linda Couri talk, London

A former Planned Parenthood employee with experience on abortion issues, Linda Couri presents an inside perspective on the Pro-Choice mindset, addressing the values, goals and motivations behind the Pro-Choice movement with suggestions as to how Christians might best respond to them.

Director of Lay Ministry Formation for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Linda is now a sought-after pro-life speaker with unique insights to share. 7pm, Advance booking essential, contact Catherine MacGillivray by email  or 020 7931 6064. Admission fee £5. Website

18 June: Human Dignity Conference, Oxford

Visiting Research Fellow for 2012, Professor Daniel Sulmasy will be giving the keynote lecture at a conference at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford on "Human Dignity", Monday 18 June 9am-5pm. Confirmed speakers so far include Professor David Albert Jones, Professor Chris McCrudden, Dr Sylvie de Kermadec and Ben Bano. To be put on a mailing list for further information, please email Bookings can be made here: Website

18 June: Medical Ethics Alliance: 'Natural Death - Do we need a Pathway?', London

Dr Jacqueline Laing of London Metropolitan University will speak on 'End of life care - the legal framework'. Prof P Pullicino, Professor of neuroscience Kent University will give a presentation on "Is it possible to make a diagnosis of impending death? The scientific evidence". There will follow a panel discussion with the two speakers and Dr A Treloar, Dr P Howard, Miss T Lynch, and Dr J Qureshi. 2pm-5pm. Website

20 June: Professor Sulmasy: 'Evidence-based bioethics', London

This lecture, on "Evidence-based Bioethics: Myth or Reality?", will be part of the Royal Society of Medicine Open Section's AGM. For further information about the full meeting 20 June, 4pm - 7.40pm),Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE, including details about how to register, please see here: Website

14th July GCN Wandsworth Wapping walk, London

Come and join The Good Counsel Network on Saturday 14th July in walking approx. 10 Miles from Wandsworth to Wapping, starting with Mass and finishing with Benediction. We are asking all participants to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship with no maximum. We are hoping to have at least 100 participants and raise thousands of pounds to help us save more unborn lives. Once you have said you are coming you will receive a fundraising pack to help you raise as much as possible and all the important details. Website

May-October: Vin Garbutt gigs, all over the UK

Vin Garbutt is a very well known name on the folk music scene in the UK and internationally. Vin is a pro-life man, and has put his singer-song writer skills at the service of the pro-life movement. Website

6th-8th September: CNK European conference on euthanasia & assisted suicide, Edinburgh

First European Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide "Euthanasia in Europe: Where have we come from, where are we going?" The Care Not Killing Alliance is organising the First European Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. The UK Care Not Killing Alliance is honoured to host this first European symposium, which builds on several successful meetings in North America organised by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Website  Topics will include:

  • The lessons from Nazism
  • The Benelux countries today
  • A global perspective
  • Scotland's successful resistance
  • Their strategies and ours: what works? What doesn't?

23rd September: pro-life pilgrimage, Walsingham

The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Hine, who has special responsibility for Marriage and the Family. To arrange a coach, please email at lgcluton (at)

4-8 October: VI World Prayer Congress for Life, Vienna

Human Life International will be hosting its 6th world congress in the city of Vienna, Austria. This will be 5 days of excellent talks, spiritual activities, day trips, and a gala dinner. Speakers include Rev Dr Maximilian Heim, Msgr Philip Reilly, Dr Mark Miravalle, Cardinal Schonborn, and Dr Theresa Burke. A good opportunity to make friends with prolifers from all over Europe. More details and website info will be provided in the near future.

15 October: 'Fair Innings?' Anscombe memorial lecture, Oxford

"Fair Innings? Health care rationing in favour of the young over the elderly." Most Rev Dr Anthony Fisher OP will give the third Anscombe Memorial Lecture. Monday 15 October, 5pm-7pm, Oxford. Website

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