Biography 2007 Wilberforce Lecturer Archbishop Fitzgerald

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Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald is one of the highest ranking Britons in the Roman Catholic Church. He is currently serving as the Papal Nuncio to Egypt and delegate to the Arab League.

Archbishop Fitzgerald is the Vatican’s most experienced Muslim expert, he represents the Vatican to the Arab League, whose headquarters are in Cairo, which has 22 member states from across the Middle East and North Africa.

Before his move to Egypt, Archbishop Fitzgerald was based in Rome for 35 years, much of it working for the Vatican’s civil service, the Curia

Archbishop Fitzgerald’s interest in interreligious dialogue may have stemmed from having a wide circle of friends while growing up who were “not all Catholics and not all Irish.”

Born of Irish parents in Walsall, Birmingham, he pursued his dream of becoming a missionary priest and heading to Africa. He has a doctorate in theology from Rome’s Gregorain University, a degree in Arabic from London University and taught at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome, of which he was the director for many years.

This is Archbishop Fitzgerald first trip to Hull and his address will explore “The Interface between Islam and Christianity” in relation to modern day slavery.