The Centre for Islamic Finance is delighted to welcome His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini to speak at the University.

Archbishop Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio in Great Britain, will be speaking on the subject of ‘The Catholic Church and Islam: a message of peace and love from Pope Francis’.

Archbishop Mennini received Priestly Ordination on 14 December 1974 and subsequently obtained a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University. He then worked as an Assistant Priest in the Diocese of Rome.

After studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1981 and served first at the Pontifical Representations in Uganda, then in Turkey, and from 1986 in Rome at the Council of Public Affairs of the Church of the Secretariat of State, which is today called the Section for Relations with States of the Holy See.

It was on 8 July 2000 that Pope John Paul II nominated him as Titular Archbishop of Ferento and Apostolic Nuncio in Bulgaria. He received Episcopal Ordination in Rome on 12 September 2000 and was involved in the Apostolic Visit by Pope John Paul II during his time there.

He remained in Bulgaria until 2002, when he was transferred to the Russian Federation as Representative of the Holy See and as Apostolic Nuncio to Uzbekistan. In December 2009 full diplomatic relations were established between the Holy See and the Russian Federation and Archbishop Mennini became the first Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation. On 13 February 2011 President Medvedev awarded him the Order of Friendship for his contribution to Russian-Vatican relations.

Archbishop Mennini was nominated as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain on 18 December 2010 and began his mission in London on 21 February 2011.

Said Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq, Professor in Banking and Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance: ‘We very much look forward to hearing from His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini and welcoming him to the University of Bolton.

‘Pope Francis is very active in supporting dialogue between faiths. Given the importance of the Islamic world, Archbisphop Mennini would like to convey that message from Pope Francis.

‘As the Centre for Islamic Studies and the University of Bolton share an ethos of promoting peace and harmony between faiths, promoting universal values and celebrating our common ground, there is a great, mutually recognised synergy here. We are delighted and honoured Archbishop Mennini has accepted our invitation.’


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