- The 50th Anniversary -

Aula Magna, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome (Italy)

Saturday, 14th of November 2015


09.00-09.30: Welcome addresses  –  Moderator: Fr. Luca Pandolfi, Professor, Pontifical Urbaniana University

  • Fr. Alberto Trevisiol, IMC, Magnificent Rector, Pontifical Urbaniana University
  • Sr. Sally Hodgson, CSJ, Vice President of UISG
  • S.E. Denis Fontes de Sousa Pinto, Ambassador of Brazil to the Holy See


09.30-11.00: Key note speeches  –  Moderator: Sr. GiselleGomez, STJ, General Council, Compañía de Santa Teresa de Jesús

  • Dr. Alberto Melloni: Professor, University of Modena-Reggio Emilia (Italy) 
  • The historical Context of the Pact of the Catacombs
  • Fr. Jon Sobrino, SJ : Professor, Universidad Centro Americana "José Simeón Cañas" (El Salvador)
  • The Impact of the Pact of Catacombs for the Church today
  • Presentation of the newly published book on the Pact of the Catacombs

11.00-11.30: Coffee Break

11.30-13.00:Discussion in the continental groups – Moderator: Fr. Felix Mushobozi, CPPS, Executive Co-Secretary of JPIC Commission USG/UISG 

1) Africa [English], 2) Africa [French], 3) Asia, 4) Oceania, 5) Latin America,  6) North America, 7) Europe

How to contextualize the Pact in today’s realities in our continents: a) for the local Churches, b) for the religious, c) for the witness of the Christians in the world and the society of today

13.00-14.00:Lunch break

14.00-15.30:Testimonies – Moderator: Sr. Filo Hirota, MMB, General Coordinator, Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz

  • Card. Roger Etchegaray               Mons. Luigi Bettazzi 
  • Dr. Raniero La Valle Mons. José Mario Pires
  • Dr. Nicoletta Dentico Fr. Bartolomé Gomez
  • Sr. Giselle Gomez, STJFr. Norbert Arntz

15.30-16.15: Reports from group discussions    Moderator: Fr. Felix Mushobozi, CPPS 

16-15-17.00: Final remarks  –  Moderator: Fr. Luca Pandolfi 

  • Dr. Alberto Melloni
  • Fr. Jon Sobrino, SJ

Closing address

Fr. Heinz Kulüke, Superior General, Society of the Divine Word

Closing prayer

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