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Three Pontifical Universities together to reread Inter Mirifica

A conference reflects on the historicity and relevance of the Conciliar Decree on the media on its 60th anniversary

Three pontifical universities linked by teaching and research in the field of communication. An important document resulting from the reflections of the Second Vatican Council, which will be 60 years old on 4 December 2023. The scientific desire to remember it and reread it in the light of contemporary media increasingly oriented by the logic of digital culture.

These are the ingredients of the inter-university conference “60 Years of Wonders. Historicity and Implementation of the Conciliar Decree Inter Mirifica”, which will be held in Rome on 7, 8 and 9 November. It will be organized by three academic institutions (the Faculty of Institutional Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, the Pastoral Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University and the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences of the Salesian Pontifical University) that for the occasion have decided to "network" and "activate synergies", as Pope Francis asks in the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis gaudium on universities and ecclesiastical faculties.

The initiative will be divided into three afternoons starting at 15.30.

The opening session will take place in Santa Croce on 7 November and will reflect on Inter Mirifica through a historical-institutional perspective. The following day (8 November) the work will continue in the Lateran with a theological-pastoral focus on the relationship of the Decree with media studies. The concluding afternoon (9 November), hosted by the Salesian University, will try to update the Document in relation to the digitalization processes that have revolutionized thought on communication.

The conference, sponsored by the Holy See Dicastery for Communication, will involve the participation of various scholars who will contribute to offering a multidisciplinary look at the document with the aim - explain the three organizing professors (Daniel Arasa of the Holy Cross, Massimiliano Padula of the Lateran and Fabio Pasqualetti of the Salesian) – “of articulating analyses and reflections through two macro-directions: one historical and historiographic, highlighting how the document is fully inserted in media research. And another prospective one, emphasizing its topicality in reference to media and technological evolution”.



For the session on Wednesday 8 November 2023, at the Pontifical Lateran University

Journalists and media workers who wish to attend the session to take place on 8 November 2023 at the Pontifical Lateran University must apply, up to 24 hours before the event, via the Holy See Press Office online accreditation system at: press.vatican.va/accreditamenti

For general information and to consult the full programme of the Conference: bit.ly/intermirifica23


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