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The nature of prayer in the theology of Joseph Ratzinger

by Ms Silvija Balenović Visinski, MA Social Worker; PhD student, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome

Thursday 1 March 2018 (4.30-6pm)
Spirituality, Theology & Health seminar series (Durham University)

This seminar took place in Seminar Room B (D/TH004, Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham).

To watch the Lecture, please click on the video below:


“… the linking of philosophy, theology and spirituality … could perhaps be fruitful and open up new approaches…to help the practice of those fundamental attitudes in which human existence opens itself up to God and thus becomes truly human”.

(Ratzinger, J., The Yes of Jesus Christ – Exercises in faith, hope and love, p. 134)


Silvija Balenović Visinski, MA Social Worker, later specialized on Master from Ratzinger’s Theology and Spirituality at Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. Also, specialized in the field of Wellness Therapy. Fluent in English, Croatian and Polish, beginner in German and Italian. Worked as assistant, project manager and consultant on several universities and NGO’s in Croatia and Poland as well as from time to time an “informal-just-for-the-friends tour-guide” in Rome and Vatican gardens. She has been living in Rome for the last few years and currently is preparing a doctorate regarding questions of truth and love in Ratzinger, that is, on the essence of Christianity from Ratzinger’s perspective.