Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivered his inaugural lecture Sept. 19 as a visiting lecturer on religion at Yale University.

Blair converted to Catholicism in late 2007, only a few months after resigning as prime minister.

The Yale lecture was delivered to only a small number of students, but Blair also gave a more informal talk later in the day to a crowd of more than 2,000 students.

In his position as Yale’s Howland Distinguished Fellow, Blair will give five lectures annually at Yale for the next three years. The lectures will focus on the subject of faith and globalization.

— Tom McFeely