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Three public meetings in preparation for WYD 2023


10 years of Francis

31 March – Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça / José Mourinho
18 April – Cardinal Mauro Gambetti / Daniele Bruno
9 May  – Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi / Professor Jorge Vaz de Carvalho

Aula Magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University
(Piazza della Pilotta, 4 – Rome)

On the tenth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, the “Alberto Hurtado” Faith and Culture Centre of the Pontifical Gregorian University has chosen as the annual theme for its cycle of public lectures that of the future, amid fears and hopes. Apocalypse, history, faith, salvation, hope, redemption are some of the words that have articulated this path. But to look to the future with hope, one cannot but turn to the young.

This is why the last three meetings of the year were conceived, in collaboration with the Embassy of Portugal to the Holy See, in preparation for the meeting in Lisbon, where the 38th World Youth Day will take place (1 - 6 August 2023). Three meetings in which as many cardinals will dialogue with personalities from the civil world to frame the perspectives opened up by the magisterium of this pontificate, interpreted as proposals addressed to the new Christian generations.

This coming 31 March, Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education, will discuss the theme From the end of the world, with the coach José Mourinho. On 18 April, Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, Vicar General of His Holiness for Vatican City and Archpriest of Saint Peter’s Basilica will discuss Fratelli tutti with the lawyer Daniele Bruno, President of the John Paul II Foundation for Youth. Finally, on 9 May, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, former President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, will discuss Laudato si’ with Jorge Vaz de Carvalho, musician and professor of literature (Universidade Católica Portuguesa).

The meetings – coordinated by Fr. Sandro Barlone, S.J., pro-Director of the Hurtado Centre, and by Professor Giuseppe Bonfrate – are addressed to young laypeople who wish to combine their human and professional formation with the intelligence of the Christian faith, to prepare themselves for the challenges they face in our societies.

All three appointments will be held at 17.30 in the Aula Magna, and are free and open to all, subject to registration at www.unigre.it.

It will also be possible to follow the meetings in live streaming on the YouTube channel youtube.com/UniGregoriana


Journalists and media workers who wish to attend must apply, within 24 hours of the event, via the Holy See Press Office Online Accreditation System, at: press.vatican.va/accreditamenti