About Me in English

theologian, writer, guide, speaker

TRAVEL & THEOLOGY

Welcome! I am a Doctor of Theology (University of Helsinki, Finland) and an authorized Helsinki guide. On the right, you will find a link to a Youtube interview with me, as well as to my Doctoral dissertation, both in English. You can also find me on academia.edu. For reviews of my guiding, click here.

Coming from a Finnish-Iraqi and Catholic-Lutheran background, with a strong connection to Poland (spiritual conversion, Master’s degree, and wife!), I am passionate about languages, cultures, history, theology, and ecumenism. I would be happy to show you around Helsinki and Finland or to share my thoughts with your group/audience in the form of an online lecture or interview.

In Finnish, I have written four popular theological books (on St. Paul, Vatican II, Finnish Catholic-Lutheran history, and Mesopotamian/Iraqi Christian history). Since 2019, I have been the Finnish-language editor of Vatican News, the official news agency of the Holy See.

I am also a hyperpolyglot of sorts: I have completed at least one course in 18 languages (and spent some time learning another 10+ on my own). I love travel and I have been to over 30 countries. I read about 50-100 books per year. In Finnish, I have written close to a thousand blog articles, book reviews, etc. Recently I started doing Youtube interviews, mostly in Finnish, but on the right you will find my English interviews with Maltese Capuchin Fr. Hayden Williams and Irish Jesuit Fr. James Corkery.

Magic tricks and juggling are old hobbies of mine; and I sometimes still perform. In 2014, I won the 3rd prize in the Finnish Championships of Restaurant Magic. If you would like me to perform, teach, translate, write, or guide for you or your group, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Catholic Conversations #5 with Emil Anton Clemens Cavallin, EWTN Nordic, 2021

Ratzinger and the Religions: Pope Benedict XVI and Interreligious Dialogue
Doctoral Dissertation, Univ. of Helsinki, 2019

My interview with Fr Hayden Williams OFMCap
My interview with Fr James Corkery SJ

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Featured articles:

Paradise Lost: The world’s debt to Iraq
Adamah Media, 2021

The Nordic Newman
Catholic Herald, 2018

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