50th Anniversary of “Nostra ætate”
The Declaration of the Second Vatican Council on the Relations of the Catholic Church
with Non-Christian Religions
International Conference Rome, 26-28 October 2015
(The program might be subject to change)

 Monday 26th October 2015

 3.30 pm                           Welcoming of participants
4.00 pm – 6.30 pm            Welcome
Rev. Fr. François-Xavier Dumortier, s.j.
(Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University)

Rev. P. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, m.c.c.j.
(Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue)

 Presentation of the Film: Nostra ætate, ‘The Leaven of Good’”
of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue:

H. Em. Cardinal Kurt Koch
(President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)
H. Em. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran
(President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue)
Greetings by representatives of different religions
6.30 pm                               Reception


Tuesday 27th October 2015

 9.00 am-10.30 am   Interreligious Dialogue: Believers at the Service of the Human Person

Reflections by a Philosopher and a Theologian

Rev. Fr. Paul Gilbert sj (PGU) and Prof. Bruna Costacurta (PGU)
11.1      am-1.00 pm       Violence and the Engagement of Religions for Peace
Moderator: Rev. Rocco D’Ambrosio (PGU)
I Round Table: Dr Abdellah Redouane (Segretario Generale Centro Islamico Culturale d’Italia) and Rabbi David Rosen (International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee)
II   Round Table: Dr. Alberto Quattrucci (Uomini e Religioni-Comunità di Sant’Egidio) and
Ven. Prof. B. Wimalaratana (Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya – Sri Lanka)

 3.30   pm-6.30 pm               The Challenge of Religious Freedom
Moderator: Rev. Fr. Franco Imoda, sj (PGU)
I   Round Table: Rev. Fr. Christian Rutishauser, s.j. (Permanent Consultor of the Holy See for the religious relations with the Jews) and Rabbi Daniel Sperber (Bar- Ilan University, Israel)
II   Round Table: Dr. Rasoul Rasoulipour (Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences – Kharazmi University-Iran) and Swami Chidananda (FOWAI Forum- India)


Wednesday 28th October 2015
Morning                              Interreligious General Audience with the Holy Father
3.30 pm -5.00 pm             Education and the Transmission of Values
Moderator: Rev. Fr. Bryan Lobo, sj (PGU)
Round Table: Dr. Gurmohan Singh Walia (Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University-India), Dr. Nayla Tabbara (ADYAN-Lebanon), Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni (Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Rome) and Samani Pratibha Pragya (Jain Vishwa Bharati – United Kingdom)

5.30 pm -6.30 pm             Closing Address: “Educating for Peace”
H. Em. Cardinal Pietro Parolin
(Secretary of State – Holy See):


Language: Italian and English with simultaneous translation Venue of the conference: Pontifical Gregorian University Piazza della
Pilotta 4, 00187 – Rome (Italy)


Deadline for online registration: October 16th, 2015