Sunday, November 29, 2015


Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Advent means "coming," and in this liturgical season we prepare for the coming of Christ. One of the ways we can celebrate Advent is by making an Advent wreath and lighting its candles to remind us of the gifts Christ brings to the world.

The Advent wreath includes many symbols. The wreath is in the shape of a circle, without beginning or ending. This reminds us that there is no beginning and no ending to God. God's love and care for us never ends. The evergreen branches are a sign of ever new life. The candles tell us of the light which came into the world with Jesus Christ. The traditional colours of the Advent candles, three violet and one rose, are penitential colours, reminding us that we need God's help top be the people we are meant to be. The white candle which we light on Christmas Eve signifies the coming of Christ.

Today we light the first candle, the candle of hope.

The people of Israel heard God's promises through the prophets. The prophet Isaiah spoke words of hope to Israel. He spoke of the coming of God's realm of Shalom when all nations will walk in God's light. We too hope and pray for a world of peace and harmony.

Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. With the lighting of this candle, we celebrate the hope of Israel, and the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

We continue to hope in God's promise that Christ will come again to fill our lives and the life of the world with love and joy and peace. Thank you, God, for the light of hope. As we prepare for Christ's coming, help us to share our hope with others.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

IFCU Social Sciences - International Conference

Dear Friends of the Sectorial Group IFCU-Social Sciences,
In the name of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, I am pleased to announce the next meeting of the Sectorial Group IFCU-Social Sciences will take place from March 14 to 16, 2016, at the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, in Recife, Brazil. The theme chosen for this encounter is “Positive Social Sciences: Global Citizenship Building”.
This will be the third International Conference of this dynamic Group that already gathered in 2011 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to reflect on the theme “Which Social Sciences for Which Society? Towards a New Humanism in Social Sciences at Catholic Universities”, and in 2013 at Christ University, India, around the topic “A New Social Thought for a New Social Model: Looking for Alternatives“. Both these meetings led to the publication of Acts. A guide of all social science activities in Catholic universities was also released as part of the work of this Group.
You will find attached herewith an invitation from the President of the Group, Prof. Fernando Vidal of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, as well as the call for papers. We will soon send you more detailed information. We very much hope that representatives of your institutions will be able to participate in this important encounter of the catholic universities worldwide network.
Best wishes,
Prof. Msgr. Guy-Réal Thivierge,
IFCU Secretary General.

Download the Invitation and the Call for Papers (PDF)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Domini Nostri Iesu Christi Universorum Regis

Te sæculórum príncipem,
te, Christe, regem géntium,
te méntium, te córdium
unum fatémur árbitrum.

Quem prona adórant ágmina
hymnísque laudant cælitum,
te nos ovántes ómnium
regem suprémum dícimus.

O Christe, princeps pácifer,
mentes rebélles súbice,
tuóque amóre dévios
ovíle in unum cóngrega.

Ad hoc cruénta ab árbore
pendes apértis brácchiis,
diráque fossum cúspide
cor igne flagrans éxhibes.

Ad hoc in aris ábderis
vini dapísque imágine,
fundens salútem fíliis
transverberáto péctore.

Iesu, tibi sit glória,
qui cuncta amóre témperas,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu. Amen.
in sempitérna sæcula. Amen.

Friday, November 20, 2015

“Le Costituzioni degli Stati europei in materia di matrimonio e le leggi sulla famiglia”

VIII Edizione delle Wojtyla Lectures 
 “Le Costituzioni degli Stati europei
in materia di matrimonio
e le leggi sulla famiglia
Prof.ssa Hanna SUCHOCKA
già Primo Ministro della Polonia

A) Seminario
(dal lunedì 30 novembre al mercoledì 2 dicembre 2015 – dalle ore 15,00 alle ore 17,00)
  B) Conferenza pubblica (mercoledì 2 dicembre 2015 – dalle ore 17,00 alle ore 19,00)

Dopo la presentazione è prevista la possibilità di dialogo.

Il seminario e la conferenza avranno luogo in lingua italiana

Sede dell’evento: Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo IIPiazza S. Giovanni in Laterano, 400120 Città del Vaticano

Iscrizione / Informazioni:Prof. Przemyslaw Kwiatkowski
Segretario della Cattedra Karol Wojtyla

Udienza con il Santo Padre/Audience with the Holy Father

Udienza del Santo Padre Papa Francesco ai participanti al Congresso mondiale 
sabato, 21 novembre 2015 
Aula Paolo VI 
alle ore 9.00.

Biglietti si possono prendere a portineria, segreteria generale e ufficio studenti.


Audience of the Holy Father Pope Francis with the participants at the World Congress 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 
Paul VI Hall 
at 9.00
Tickets are available at the porter's lodge, general secretariat, and student office.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

La teologia politica contemporanea: Paradigmi, autori, prospettive

Confronting Inequality

Confronting Inequality  

November 30, 2015 

The economic inequality and exclusion affecting so many people in the world today often stem as much from distortions in relationships and values as from a lack of material resources. The faith traditions contain rich and diverse resources to be mobilised in the search for social inclusion and economic opportunity. Join scholars and students from a variety of religious and belief backgrounds for an afternoon of lively discussion. 
Open to all
La lingua dell'evento è inglese, ma è possibile porre domande o fare piccoli interventi in italiano, e prevediamo di avere anche gruppi di discussione in italiano

Conference venue:
Aula XI
Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), 
Largo Angelicum 1, 00184, Rome


14.00 Welcome: Fr Alejandro Crosthwaite OP, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, PUST (Angelicum);  Ursula Froese, Editor, Security Community, OSCE Secretariat

14.10: Introductory commentsKishan Manocha, Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion and Belief, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights;

14.20 Confronting Inequality and Building Economic Security for All - Perspectives from Faith Traditions
1.  Hinduism: Ms Bharti Tailor, Executive Director of the Hindu Forum of Europe 
2. Islam: Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Director, Shariah Solutions: A Consultancy Firm in Islamic Finance, and Vice President of the Association of Shariah Scholars in Islamic Finance (ASSIF) for Europe
3. Christianity (Catholicism): Sr Alessandra Smerilli, FMA, Professor of Economics at the Pontifical Atheneum "Auxilium" and the LUMSA in Rome

15.50 Coffee break

16.05 Personal Perspectives

16.30/16.40 Small group discussions

17.15 Plenary Session

18.00 Closing and aperitivo

This Helsinki 40 plus event is organized by the OSCE Communication and Media Relations Section and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in partnership with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.

Economic security is one of the main dimensions of the OSCE’s work. At the same time, the Organization seeks to advance freedom of religion or belief and inter-religious dialogue as important means to promote stability and security, including economic security, in the societies that make up the OSCE region.
The Faculty of Social Sciences at the Angelicum provides an integral formation in the major social sciences, including economics, that builds ethics and insights from the wisdom traditions, Christianity in particular, into its approach and which aims to contribute to peaceful, innovative societies based on social justice. 
About Helsinki 40 plus

“Honour the past by celebrating the future”

The Helsinki 40 plus outreach events take the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act as an opportunity to look forward. They combine the perspectives of academic experts, practitioners working for the OSCE and an actively engaged audience to explore aspects of the OSCE that are not in the political limelight yet essential to its work.  Three events are being held in 2015 in three cities: Kyiv, Reykjavik, Rome.
  •  “OSCE and Citizens”, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, 19 October 2015
  • “Small States and the OSCE”, Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 13 November 2015
  • “Confronting Inequality”, Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome, 30 November 2015