CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Vatican observer and church scholar George Weigel, who served as NBC's on-air commentator during this month's papal election and transition, is scheduled to give two lectures in Charleston in May.On May 21, Weigel will speak at 7 p.m. during a program sponsored by Congregation B'nai Jacob at its synagogue in Charleston. He will discuss the late Pope John Paul II and his and the Church's historical friendship and relations with the Jewish people. That lecture is open to the public and free of charge.On May 22, Weigel will speak about Pope Francis and the subject of his latest book, "Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century Church," at 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Church in Charleston. That lecture is open to the public; tickets are $10. Proceeds will support the education of men and women entering the ministry for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
Weigel's visit to Charleston was arranged by the Serra<co > Club of Charleston, part of Serra International, a global organization dedicated to fostering priestly and religious vocations. For information, call Jim Garvin at 304-925-8414, or visit visit www.serracharleston.org or the group's page on Facebook.