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
(update December 3, 2017)

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

18.30 Exclusive meeting (talk and dinner) for Alumni Santa Croce (School of Church Communications only) with prof. Richard John, Columbia Journalism School, New York.



8.45 Registration and Welcome

9.15 Rector’s remarks, Prof. Msgr. Luis Navarro (Pontifical University of Santa Croce).

9.30 Introduction to the Seminar: Dialogue, Respect and Freedom: Three Key Words for Church Communication Offices

                  Jordi Pujol, Professor of Media Ethics and Law (Pontifical University of Santa Croce)

10.00 Opening Lecture: Rediscovering the Value of Freedom of Expression: Lessons from History

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

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Lecture (simultaneously):

C1: Passwords for public debate

Juan Pablo Cannata, Coordinador e investigador del CECAP (Centro de Estudios en Comunicación Aplicada) de la EPC, Universidad Austral (Argentina)

        C2: The “Echo Chamber” Phenomenon's Impact on Institutional Communication

                   Walter Quattrociocchi, Coordinatore del CSSLab presso l'IMT - School for Advanced Studies di Lucca (Italia)


12.15 Workshop (simultaneously):

                    W1: Generate public dialogue through social network: Comparing experiences

  • Brett T. Robinson, University of Notre Dame (Moderator)

  • 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

        W2: Generate public dialogue through events: Comparing experiences

  • Sergio Tapia, Pontifical University of Santa Croce (Moderator)

  • Roberto Fontolán, Comunione e Liberazione

  • Victoria Gómez, Movimento dei Focolari

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

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


12.30 Lunch on your own


15.00 - 17.00 Papers by TOPIC AREAS /  Simultaneously (in Aula Magna): The Radio Show "E Deus criou o mundo" (Portugal): Carlos Quevedo (director), Isaac Assor, Khalid Jamal, Pedro Gil, Henrique Mota (moderator).

17.15 Calumny and Defamation as Weapons in Public Debate: How to React?

Ángel Rodriguez Luño, Professor of Moral Theology (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce)

18.15 Practical Session: Constructing a Reputation When Values Are Ignored: 5 Ideas for Becoming Relevant in Social Dialogue

                   Mónica Herrero, Professor of Structures and Markets of the Communication (University of Navarra, Spain).

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: The Future: Algorithms and Freedom of Speech (Question time with Facebook & Google)

Moderator: Juan Narbona (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce)

- Laura Bononcini, Facebook Italy

- Francisco Ruiz Antón, Google Spain

16.00 Lecture: Are our “Values Conversations” Sufficiently Open and Free?

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

          Chair: José María La Porte (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce)

17.00 Break

17.15 Panel (4 Journalists to be confirmed): Facts, Opinions and Prejudices in the Pluralistic Society: The Hard Task of Telling the Church’s Story

18.30 Presentation of the ‘Cattedra Navarro Valls’

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

        Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Networks 

        Chair: Prof. Jorge Milán (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce)

9.30 Lecture: Respect as the Basis for Public Communication 

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

        Chair: Prof. Federica Bergamino (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce)

10.30 Workshop (simultaneously): 

W1: Communicating the Family: Ireland 2018 World Meeting Strategies

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

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

             Members of the Organizing Committee of the World Youth Day in Panama

11.30 Coffee Break

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

           - Ivan Maffeis, Director of the Communications Office, Episcopal Conference of Italy 

           - Vincent Neymon, Director of the Communications Office, Episcopal Conference of France

           - Martin Kramara, Director of the Communications Office, Episcopal Conference of Slovakia

           - Luca Oleh, Director of the Communications Office, Diocese of Kiev, Ucraina 

13.00 Lunch on your own


15.00 - 17.00 Papers by TOPIC AREAS

17.00 Panel 5: Proposing Values in a Media Context: Three Strategies Compared

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

  • Sheila Liaugminas, Relevant Radio (USA)

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

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

18.00 Closing Lecture: Managing Medium and Message in a Post-Truth World​

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

18.30 End of the Professional Seminar

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