Wednesday May 20, 2015, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the World Resource Institute, The New Climate Economy and the Embassy of the Netherlands to the Holy See, the University hosted a conference on The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability can go Hand in Hand.

The initiative was planned in view of the upcoming publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical touching upon ecology, release date in June. The conference is intended to be an occasion of reflection on the recent New Climate Economy Report, from which emerges, “the objectives of improving economic performance and the reduction of climate risks are complementary.”

In fact, the organizers explain “Economic growth cannot come about without taking account of the climate risks that correspond.  At the same time, emission reduction will be much more difficult without a strong economy.”

Participants at the conference include: Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Felipe Calderón, President of the Global Commission on Economy and Climate, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Jeremy Oppenheim, Director of McKinsey & Co.

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Monday, May 25, 2015 (5:00 pm, Aula Benedetto XVI), the book presentation for Humanism in Economics and Business, edited by Domènec Melé (IESE Business School) and Martin Schlag (Research Center MCE), will take place.

Besides the editors, those present will include Prof. Vittorio Cesarotti (University Studi di Roma Tor Vergata) and Prof. Paolo Boccardelli (LUISS Guido Carli).

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From September 22 to 25, 2015, on the initiative of the Moral Theology department, a Bioethics formation course on Questions concerning the beginning of life will take place.  

The goal is to "offer a panorama of the principle moral questions that regard the beginning of life from a Christian perspective, as well as to highlight some of the main contributions - coming from the fields of Moral Theology and Bioethics - that have been published over the last few years".

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A ninth volume (2015) of the review "Studia et Documenta" is being published, edited by the Historical Institute San Josemaría Escrivá, in which many of the professors collaborate.

The monographic theme to which the first part is dedicated treats the figure of Monsignor Álvaro del Portillo, beautified last September on the centenary of his birth, 2014.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in honor of the liturgical feast of Bl. Álvaro del Portillo, our first Chancellor, a Mass was celebrated in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare. Music during the liturgy was performed in part by the University’s choir, directed by Rev. Prof. Ramón Saiz Pardo.

Honoring the same occasion, the current Chancellor of the University, Mons. Javier Echevarría presided over the Holy Mass in the Basilica Sant’Eugenio in Rome.


From April 27-28, 2015, (Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II") the International Conference’s sixth edition “Poetics and Christianity” took place. The initiative was 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.” 


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“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” 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.”

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Interview with Susanna Tamaro

Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Turin, promoted by the School SISRI, a round table discussion was held addressing the topic Science and Humanism: the passions of science, beyond the neutral model.

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Wednesday May 6 2015, the University hosted a study day reflecting upon Consecrated Life, current theme of the liturgical year.

Speakers included Auxiliary Bishop of Milan, Mons. Paolo Martinelli, O.F.M. Cap., and Rev. Prof. Paolo Ciardi, O.M.I..  After some religious men and women gave their testimonies, the day concluded with a moment of prayer in the Basilica Sant'Apollinare.

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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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