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Gospel Leadership in Times of Chaos: the Hope of Pope Francis

The 13th Annual National eConference was held on Thursday 10 August 2017.
The eConference is currently being produced into a DVD which will be available for purchase at the end of October. Click on the box below to view BBI's eConference DVD library.

In the past year alone, communities around the world have been grappling with momentous socio-political change and uncertainty.


Examples include the rise of fundamentalism, the growing violence and displacement of peoples in the Middle East, the election of numerous populist leaders such as Presidents Trump in the USA and Duterte in the Philippines, Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union, whilst Nationalist parties across the EU achieve electoral success through promoting xenophobic policies of division.

Pope Francis represents the hope of many people in these times of uncertainty: his message talks about belonging, dialogue, social justice, and mercy in a way that is both a challenge and inspiration for the world and the church. 

At this year’s eConference, prominent international and national speakers and panellists will reflect upon these turbulent times and discuss them in the context of Pope Francis’ unique style of leadership.

Speakers and Panellists

Panel Facilitator
Noel Debien ABC Religion Presenter

Professor Massimo Faggioli Professor of Historical Theology, University of Villanova (Philadelphia) International Papal expert, theologian, political scientist.
Topic: The State of the Catholic Communion Today

Mr Paul Kelly,  Editor at Large, The Australian and one of the nation’s most respected political writers.
Topic: The Crisis of the West: the Failure to unite Faith and Reason

Professor The Hon Bob Carr, Professor of International Relations, University of Technology Sydney, former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister of Australia.
Topic: The Responsibility to Protect:  Peace and Security in Challenging Times

Sr Clare Condon SGS Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and Winner-2013 Human Rights Medal awarded by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Topic: The Simplicity of the Gospel cuts through the Rhetoric

Rev Dr Gerald A. Arbuckle SM, Internationally respected theologian and anthropologist.
Topic: Leading in Chaotic Times: The Example of Pope Francis

Ms Elizabeth Proust AO, Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Sr Ruth Durick OSU, the Australian Provincial of the Ursulines of the Roman Union and the President of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) (panellist only).


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