JP2 Lecture: Carl A. Anderson “Christianity and Culture: A Truly Christian Life bears Witness to Christ”  

JP2 Lecture: Carl A. Anderson “Christianity and Culture: A Truly Christian Life bears Witness to Christ”  

On Thursday, March 17, we invite you to the next lecture of the 2021-22 “JP2 Lectures” series, organized by the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture at the Angelicum, with Dr. Carl A. Anderson.


The lecture titled “Christianity and Culture: A Truly Christian Life Bears Witness to Christ” will start at 4:30 PM (CET) in the Aula Minor at the Angelicum (Largo Angelicum, 1, 00184 Roma).


Discussions of the “culture of death” present Christians with new opportunities for evangelization by individuals, families and parish communities that bear witness to Christ in distinctive ways.  The early Christian encounter with pagan culture suggests ways in which this can be done. Christianity’s engagement with secular culture must find ways to awakening a sensibility toward transcendence among people who, up to now, live as though God does not exist. This can be done by Catholics living a way of life that, as Pope Francis says, “bears witness to Christ.” In this effort, visual arts and music will have important roles. How the religious life of believers is supported by the Catholic culture of their parishes will be central to their witness in a secular culture. 


Dr. Carl Anderson served as Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from 2000 to 2021.  During this time he led this world-wide fraternal organization to new heights in business, membership, charity, and voluntary service and oversaw the establishment of the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.  He is the executive producer of numerous documentary films including one on Pope Francis and three on Pope St. John Paul II.  He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books.  He was the founding dean and current vice president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


For on-site participants: please register HERE


The lecture will be delivered in English.

The lecture will also be broadcast live at:



Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to take part in the lecture you are required to show a valid Green Pass or a negative test result for coronavirus. We also ask the participants to respect the sanitary procedures and cover their mouth and nose with a mask.



The monthly open “JP2 Lectures” given by scholars from around the world are offered by the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – the Angelicum in Rome, the Roman Alma Mater of fr. Karol Wojtyła. The guest speakers in the 2021-22 “JP2 Lectures” series are: John, Lord Alderdice, Jean-Luc Marion, George Weigel, Andrea Riccardi, John Milbank, Carl A. Anderson, Ewa Thompson, Bishop Robert Barron (tbc.), and Stanisław Grygiel.


The lecturers in 2020-21 were: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, John Finnis, Bp Rowan Williams, Marek A. Cichocki, John Cavadini, Francois Daguet O.P., Chantal Delsol, Rémi Brague, Renato Cristin, and Dariusz Gawin.


Video recordings of all the previous lectures are available HERE.