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International conference to open Melbourne John Paul II Institute campus

The Melbourne campus of the John Paul II Institute for Family and Marriage will be inaugurated next month with a conference titled, Marriage, Family and Population: Trends and Challenges.

The Melbourne site is the tenth campus of the Pontifical Institute, established in Rome in 1982. The Institute will support marriage, family life and respect for human life, for church and society in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region. Topics will encompass the lived experience of contemporary couples and families, from the perspectives of scripture, theology, morality, demography, politics, economics, sociology and language.

Keynote speakers include Cardinal Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and Dr Paul Mankowski SJ, Professor in the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. They will be joined by local experts such as Fr Anthony Fisher OP, Director of the Campus and Dr Bob Birrell, Director of the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University.

The formal opening and blessing of the Institute by Cardinal Trujillo will be held on the evening of Sunday 22nd July at 7.00pm.

Further details are available on the Institute's Australian website.

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