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Pre-Forum Conference: Engaging Roman Catholicism

Evangelicalism currently has an incoherent relationship with Roman Catholicism. Many Evangelicals are uncertain about what Roman Catholics actually believe. Do they believe in the same Gospel, or something entirely different? This question is important for leaders of Evangelical churches and Evangelical believers across Europe and the world. According to the historic Protestant view, Roman Catholicism is a severely flawed system in need of a radical biblical reformation in its basic theology and practice. It is essential for Evangelical leaders, in a time of growing confusion regarding Evangelical identity, to understand why we believe what we believe, and to know how to explain the Gospel in a compelling and persuasive way.

This Pre-Forum Conference will take place preceding the European Leadership Forum on Friday, 14 May from 15:00-18:00 CEST.



Leonardo De Chirico is the pastor of Breccia di Roma, a church that he helped plant in Rome in 2009, and Vice Chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Previously, Leonardo planted and pastored an evangelical church in Ferrara, Italy from 1997 to 2009. He earned degrees in history (University of Bologna), theology (ETCW, Bridgend, Wales) and bioethics (University of Padova). His PhD is from King's College (London); it was published as Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. In 2015, he published A Christian Pocket Guide to Papacy through Christian Focus. He is a lecturer of historical theology at Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione in Padova, Italy. Additionally, Leonardo is the director of the Reformanda Initiative, which aims to equip evangelical leaders to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism, and the leader of the Rome Scholars and Leaders Network (RSLN).


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