speeches and lectures

Paul Vallely has given lectures at: St Paul’s Cathedral, Harvard Law School, Iona Abbey, Boston College, the Global Ethics Centre in Kings College, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Manchester, Newcastle, Chester and Seattle.


He has addressed the Cultural Directors of the European Union, the Governors of the BBC, the Catholic and Anglican bishops of England and Wales, the National Conference of Prison Chaplains, the Anglican Conference on Evangelism, the National Justice & Peace Conference, the Christian Socialist Movement, and the National Conference of Priests.


He has spoken at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the Faith Angle Forum, Westminster Faith Debates, the Margaret Beaufort Institute, the Von Hügel Institute, the Manchester International Festival, Greenbelt, the Manchester Research Institute For Religion & Civil Society, and Portsmouth Business School. He has given the London Newman Lecture, the inaugural Anthony Storey Memorial Lecture, the Gilpin Lecture at the University of Durham and the Las Casas Lecture in Oxford.


Lectures include:


Pope Francis: See, Judge, Act in his life and writings

Young Christian Workers chaplains conference, November 2016


Is the Pope a Catholic? Pope Francis and the conservative resistance

Bury, November 2016


Pope Francis and the Meaning of Mercy

Red Mass of the St Thomas More Lawyers' Society, Milwaukee, October 2016


Pope Francis and Sex Abuse – the Vatican’s Hidden Civil War

Sale Festival, June 2016


Pope Francis – Reform and Resistance

2016 Newman Lecture, Manchester, April 2016


Irishness and Catholicism in a northern town, 1916-2016

Catenian Centenary lecture, Middlesbrough, April 2016


Pope Francis – The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism

Aye Wright, Glasgow, March 2016


What Pope Francis has to say to Educators

Diocese of Westminster, Primary & Secondary Heads Conferences, Brighton, March 2016


Five Top Tips for the Rest of Your Life

Bishops Blue Coat School, Chester, graduation speech, March 2016


What’s new with the Papacy

Lent talk, St Mary’s Collegiate, Warwick, February 2016


Truth Telling and the Media

LasCasas Institute, Oxford, November 2015


Pope Francis and the Synod: Changing the Way the Catholic Church makes its decisions

The 2015 Tablet lecture, London, November 2015


Pope Francis and the Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism

Virginia Theological Seminary, Washington DC, September 2015


Pope Francis – the Vatican Bank and Transnational Corruption

Harvard Law School, September 2015


Pope Francis: Bringing the Message of a Poor Church to the World's Richest Nation

Boston College, Gordon College and Fordham University, New York, September 2015


Pope Francis and the Meaning of Mercy

Gordon College, Wenham, September 2015


How Pope Francis will change Catholic Social Teaching

Inaugural professorial lecture, University of Chester, May 2015


Pope Francis - Untying the Knots

Jesuit University of Seattle, February 2015


 Pope Francis and the Modern World

Jewish Book Week, February 2015


Pope Francis - a reflection in relation to the Quinquennial goals

National Archdeacons Forum, Swanwick, January 2015


Ethical Standards in Public Life

Von Hügel Institute, University of Cambridge, October 2014


Pope Francis - Untying the Knots

Clear Voices Festival, Buckfast Abbey, June 2014


Reaching out to the Wider World

University of Chester, June 2014


Pope Francis - Untying the Knots

The McAuley Conference 2014, University of Limerick, May 2014


From Manager to Leader - Stories from the Top Table

Cheshire West and Chester Council, May 2014


Pope Francis - Justice & Peace Pope?

2014 Anthony Storey Lecture,  University of Hull, May 2014


Jorge Mario Bergoglio - the complex character behind the simple humility of Pope Francis

2014 Fisher Lecture, University of Cambridge Catholic Chaplaincy, May 2014


What does the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio tell us about the kind of pontiff Pope Francis is going to be?

Faith Angle Forum, Miami Beach, March 2014


Can historic global churches maintain central authority or must they devolve?

Westminster Faith Debates, February 2014


Pope Francis and Change in the Catholic Church

Patrick Finn Lecture 2014, Dublin, February 2014


The Theology of Political Compromise

Yorkshire Ministry Course, Community of the Ressurection, Mirfield, January 2014


Pope Francis and Change in the Catholic Church

Ushaw College, University of Durham, December 2013


Who is Pope Francis - and what will he mean for the Church and the world?

Greenbelt, August 2013


Self interest and the Common Good

Portsmouth Business School, June 2013


News Values & Gospel Values

University of Chester, launch of new MA in Theology, Communications & Media, June 2013


How the media coverage international development issues

The Frontline Club, 2012


Can global development deliver us a new paradise?

Greenbelt  2012



The Big Society and Catholic Social Teaching - the state, the market, freedom, participation and accountability 

Lincoln Theological Institute  2011

What is Development For? 

RSA 2010



Is Business a Force for Good in Development? 

University of Manchester    2010


Religion and the Media        

University of Huddersfield 2009


A New Global Order?

St Paul's Cathedral 2009


Poverty & Conflict: Faith as a Solution or Cause? 

Tony Blair Faith Foundation  2009


Action and cynicism in public life -  achieving real change in the real world

University of Newcastle  2008


On Being an English Catholic

London Newman Lecture 2008


How to effect real change in the real world - the G8, Geldof and the grassroots

Anthony Storey Memorial Lecture 2008


Is religion a force for good in the modern world?

Manchester International Festival 2007


Re-Moralising Britain: New Labour and the New World Order

Manchester Research Institute For Religion & Civil Society   2007


Resident Aliens

Wakefield Clergy Conference 2006


Live 8 : squaring the circle of political realism and campaigning idealism

Global Ethics Centre, Kings College 2006


Multiculturalism and integration: religion and secularism in Europe today 

EU Cultural Directors  2005 


Africa - Promise and Broken Promise: squaring the circle of political realism and theological necessity           

National Justice & Peace Conference, Swanwick  2005


Live 8 and the G8

Greenbelt 2005


Justice in Britain in the 21st century

National Conference of Prison Chaplains 2005


The Fifth Crusade: George Bush and the Christianisation of the War in Iraq

Gilpin Lecture, University of Durham 2004


The Future of religion in Britain in the 21st century

BBC Governors 1999


The Church and the New Age

Las Casas Lecture, Oxford 1999


Evangelism in a Post-Religious Society

Anglican Conference on Evangelism 1999


What has the Church to learn from the New Age?

National Conference of Priests 1999


Towards a New Politics: Catholic Social Teaching in a Pluralist Society

Margaret Beaufort Institute 1998


Celebrating 150 Years of Christian Socialism

Christian Socialist Movement 1998


Growing Hope

Chelmsford Cathedral 1995

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