Dialogue, Respect and Freedom of Expression in the Public Arena

Rome, April 17-19, 2018


P R O V I S I O N A L   P R O G R A M

(Provisional Topics, Speakers to be Confirmed)



8.45 Registration and Welcome

9.15 Rector’s remarks, Prof. Msgr. Luis Navarro (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross)

9.30 Introduction (by a professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross)

10.00 Opening Lecture: The Crisis in Press Freedom and Crucial Contributions in Democratic Contexts

Richard John, Professor of History and Communications (Columbia Journalism School)

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Lecture: Misinformation: How Does Confirmation Bias Work

12.15 Workshop (simultaneously):


W1: Generate public dialogue through events: Comparing experiences

  • Roberto Fontolan, Comunione e Liberazione

  • Vittoria Gomez, Movimento dei Focolari

  • Massimiliano Signifredi, Communication Office, Comunità di Sant’Egidio

  • Ken Hallenius, Communications Specialist, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture


             W2: Generate public dialogue through social network: Comparing experiences

  • Brett T. Robinson, University of Notre Dame

  • Eduardo Martins, Shalom Catholic Community

  • Rafael Martin, Head of social media, Opus Dei Spain

  • Eric Salobir, General Promoter of Social CommunicationsDominicans   

  • Donato Lacedonio, Faculty of Social Communication Sciences, Pontifical Salesian University

12.30 Lunch on your own


15.00 - 17.00 Papers by TOPIC AREAS

17.15  Post-Truth. The need for church communicators to be relevant

  • Steve William Fuller, Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology (The University of Warwick, UK). 

18.00 Practical Session: Dialogue Experiences in Media

        - Giovanni Tridente (Santa Croce University. Moderator)

        - Pedro Gil, Director of the Radio Program "E Deus criou o mundo" (Portugal)

        - Msgr. James Vlaun, President and CEO of Telecare (Diocese of Rockville, USA)

18.45 End of Sessions



9.00 Audience with Pope Francis

Visit to the Vatican Press Office and Meeting with Msgr. Dario Viganò, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, on The State of the Current Reform of the Secretariat (*)


15.00 Panel 2 (Social Networks): The Future: Algorithms and Freedom of Speech

          (Question time with Facebook & Google)

16.00 Lecture: Bioethics as News: Which Values Ought to be Respected?

          Margaret Somerville, Professor of Bioethics (University's School of Medicine, Sydney)

17.00 Break

17.15 Panel 3 (Journalists): Facts, Opinions and Prejudices in the Pluralistic Society: The Hard Task of Telling the Church’s Story

18.45 End of Sessions: buffet at Palazzo Ferrajoli (Piazza Colonna,7.15 pm.)

(*) In the event that there are space restrictions for reasons of security, admittance to this visit will follow the order of precedence of the online registrations.



9.00 Lecture: Religious Information in a Fake News” Society

9.30 Lecture: The Media Dialogue Explosion: Sharing Resources or Closed-Mindedness?

        Chiara Giaccardi, Professor of Sociology (Università del Sacro Cuore di Milano)

10.30 Workshop (simultaneously): 

W1: Communicating the Family: Ireland 2018 World Meeting Strategies

             W2: Communicating the Faith to the young people: Panama 2019 WYD Strategies

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30  Lecture: Press Freedom: Challenges and Ethical Issues Today

  • Jordi Pujol, Professor ot Media Ethics and Law at the University of Santa Croce

12.00  Panel 4 (Communication Offices): Institutional Communication and Public Debate

13.00 Lunch on your own


15.00 - 17.00 Papers by TOPIC AREAS

17.00 Panel 5: Harmonize the Presence in Social Networks: Action strategies

  • Nataša Govekar (Moderatrice), Director of the secretariat's theological-pastoral department

  • Fr. Rocky Hoffman, Executive Director of Relevant Radio (USA)

  • Margareth Doherty, Deputy Director of Communications, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

18.00 Closing Lecture: Growing in Respect by Harmonizing Differences in Dialogue

18.30 End of the Professional Seminar

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