From April 27-28, 2015, (Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II") the International Conference’s sixth edition “Poetics and Christianity” take place. The initiative is promoted by the Faculty of Institutional Communications, with this year’s theme as, “To write, what for and for whom. The joys and travails of the artist.” 

“To write a novel, a screenplay, a musical composition or create any work or art” – the organizers explain – “simultaneously arouses a profound joy and fatigue for the artist, not only physically but also spiritually. Some writers describe the creation process of every work of art as nearly an interior trauma. From where does the need to write arise? Who is the target audience? What are the motivations and intentions of the artists as he/she labors?”

The VI edition of the Conference “Poetics and Christianity” will be concerned with the writer, whether novelist, musician, or screenwriter, from the perspective of the subject as opposed to the work of art itself. Many schools of writing consider the craft of writing, namely, as how to compose a work that functions, and perhaps concentrate on tools that ensure success. Few, maybe none, can transmit the personal disposition of the one creating, of the talent and the efforts that it involves, and above all, the unveiling of a vocation and one’s personal response to it.”

The edition of this Conference seeks to highlight questions considering ‘for what’ and ‘for whom’ one writes.  In our effort to offer a response, representatives from the artistic writing world will convene to dialogue with critics and academics.

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Wednesday April 29 (10:15 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), in honor of the Academic Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, Patron of the Communication’s Faculty, talks will be held themed From values to faith through communication.

Speakers include Card. Javier Lozano Barragán, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, and Sister Myriam Castelli, host of the program Christianity on Rai World.


April 21, 2015 the triennial appointment of the “Antonio Jannone” Prize took place, conferred by the Philosophy Faculty.
This year's prize was awarded to Prof. Carlo Natali, from the University Ca’ Foscari (Venice), who gave the lecture Oui mais. Aristotle with Plato and beyond Plato

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"We want to remain Christians and preserve our faith, despite all the tragedies."  Monday, April 20, 2015, a group of 40 Catholic Iraqi refugees, now French residents, visited the University during a pilgrimage to Rome and other Italian cities this week.

During the visit, they also met with a number of journalists, recounting their experiences as refugees.

Wednesday, May 6 (9:00 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), the University is hosting a Study Day and Reflection on Consecrated Life, now in the Liturgical Year dedicated to it.  Testimonies of Religious men and women are scheduled, as well as an encounter of prayer in Sant'Apollinare Basilica.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015, on the initiative of the Department of Church History, the book presentation of Colaborar en el terreno dela caridad, by Prof. María Eugenia Ossandón, took place.

The book analyzes the relationshop between the Holy See and the International Committee Croce Rossa, between when the Committee began and the 30's of the XX century. Intervened Massimiliano Valente (European University of Rome) and Gianfranco Armando (Vatican Archive Secretary).

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March 12 and 13, 2015, on the initiative of the Faculty of Canon Law, the Conference Marriage and family took place, considering the “anthropological question” and evangelization of the family.

This initiative, undertaken in collaboration with other Faculties, represents a positive contribute to the Church’s reflection on the reality of marriage and the family during this inter-synod period.

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The common feature of the different contributions was the study of the “anthropological question” that emerges in the different fields of knowledge: from Theological and Philosophical Anthropology to Sacramental Theology, Canon Law of Marriage, and the Pastoral Care of Marriage.

Besides presentations on anthropological, theological and juridical issues, there was also time dedicated to practical sessions in which experts working in the field presented initiatives that have produced abundant fruit in two areas: marriage preparation and accompaniment of the married couples in their journey together, in both good and trying times.

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"To serve, serve" is the theme of the 7º Narrative Contest promoted by the Alumni Association, reserved to enrolled students and alumni of the University.
Participants must present (entered March 31, 2015) through a narrative or video an occasion during which they could serve others.

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Beginning Thursday March 5, (8:45 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), and for the following two months, the VI Course specializing in Religious Information for a Vaticanisti will take place. The scope is "to know the fundamental structures and dynamics of the Catholic Church to aid professionals concerned with those themes, as well as papal activity and the Roman Curia”.

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From February 23 to 24, 2015, the XXII Seminar of the Philosophy Faculty took place, on the theme “Philosophy as Paideia”. Further, the educative role of this discipline was explored, from historical-philosophical, theoretical and didactic-pedagogical perspectives.

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Three round tables there was, focusing on the many educative aspects of philosophy; particularly, its impact on the “scholastic and academic” world (speakers will be prof. Giacomo Samek Lodovici, from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, and Prof. Maria Teresa Russo, from the University of “Roma Tre” Studies), in the “professional life” (speakers will be Prof. Benedetta Giovanola, from the University of Macerata, Eng. Nuzio Miritillo, President Ericsson Mediterranean Region, and Prof. Francesco Perillo, from the University “Suor Orsola Benincasa” of Naples), as well as in the “formation of man and the Christian” (with participation of the Rector of Holy Cross, Mons. Luis Romera, and of Prof.  Giuseppe Savagnone, from Lumsa of Palermo).

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Rev. Arturo Bellocq, teacher in the Moral Theology department, was awarded the International prize “Economy and Society”, promoted by the Vatican foundation Centesimus Annus - Pro Pontifice, within the category of young doctorate researchers of Church Social Doctrine.
In 2012 Bellocq published, through Edicep-Edusc edition, the study La doctrina social de la Iglesia. Qué es y qué no es, second volume of a MCE books series.

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Conference of the Faculty of Canon Law on "Marriage and Family", March, 12-13, 2015

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