Religious freedom is often described as an “orphaned right”. Be it the place of religious faith in the public square, the right to express views informed by religious beliefs, the right to convert or even freedom of worship, there is a growing awareness that this liberty, central to a free society, is under-recognised and frequently trampled on. More needs to be done to stand up for faith and freedom.
ACN is joining forces with Catholic Voices (CV) to host a webinar on Wednesday, 19th May at 6pm – a unique opportunity to frame the question of religious freedom in the context of current events which have made the issue increasingly topical – growing religious persecution in countries such as China and Nigeria, international relations, COVID restrictions and digital media.
ACN’s Head of Press & Information John Pontifex as chair be joined by:
• Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark
• Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of the Shaws
• Professor the Lord David Alton of Liverpool
• Seminary rector Father Habila Daboh, of Kaduna, northern Nigeria, who will give testimony following the abduction of four of his students, the youngest of whom, Michael Nnadi, 18, was killed.
Please register below and join us for what promises to be a very lively and engaging discussion designed to help empower people to engage in this topic and reframe the debate around the place of religion in the public square and the importance of articulating an informed conscience.
6.00pm | Welcome, Housekeeping, Introductions | Brenden Thompson, CEO of Catholic Voices
6.05pm | Introduction to Webinar | John Pontifex, Head of Press & Information for ACN
6.15pm | Input from John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark
6.30pm | Testimony from Father Habila Daboh, Rector of the Good Shepherd Seminary, Kaduna, northern Nigeria
6.45pm | Panel discussion with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of the Shaws and Professor the Lord David Alton of Liverpool