"Foe - and now friend? The papacy and its relationship with the British"

The relationships between Britain, the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church will be examined by the journalist, author, broadcaster and leading Catholic commentator, Catherine Pepinster at a speaking event at York Minster on Wednesday 1 November.  
 
Entitled ‘Foe and now friend? The papacy and its relationship with the British’, Catherine’s talk will focus on the momentous visit to Britain of Pope John Paul II in 1982 and the religious, social, historical and political developments that made it possible for that visit to take place.   She will chart how much has changed since the Reformation and will expose the contemporary relationship between Britain and the Roman Catholic Church and their remarkable influence on one another.
 
The York Minster event celebrates the launch of Catherine’s new book:  ‘The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis’ which will be published on 16 November.  The book is a ground-breaking study of the historical relationships between the papacy and the British government, the role of the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Ireland and Scotland and its relationship with the Church of England. The book costs £13.00 and will be available to purchase on the evening. Catherine will be signing copies of the book after her talk.
 
The event will take place in the North Transept at York Minster on Wednesday 1 November starting at 6.30pm.  Admission is free but donations will be welcomed. 
 
About the Author
Catherine Pepinster edited ‘The Tablet’, the Catholic weekly newspaper for 13 years, having previously worked as a journalist for ‘The Independent’ and ‘The Independent on Sunday’. She is a research consultant for St George’s House, Windsor, and the UK Development Officer for the Anglican Centre in Rome, and was a visiting fellow at St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford.  Catherine is a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Today Programme’.