Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Italy: Challenges and Perspectives

The Religion & Security Council, on the initiative of H.E. Senator Paola Binetti, is promoting the organization of the Forum “Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Italy: Challenges and Prospects”, which will take place in Rome, at the Senate of the Republic (Zuccari Hall, Giustiniani Palace), on Friday, November 15, from 9:00 to 13:00.

The Forum will address the role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue amid the political, social, and cultural polarization that is currently affecting Italy and the whole of Europe. In particular, the proceedings will examine how interreligious and intercultural dialogue can contribute to foster peaceful coexistence between different religious identities; spread a proper knowledge of religions and cultures; further the respect of human rights; achieve shared approaches on issues concerning integration and migrations. During the discussion, recommendations and policy proposals will also be put forward on how to meet the challenges awaiting interreligious and intercultural dialogue in the near future.

The Forum aims to promote awareness on the relevance of interreligious and intercultural dialogue among the Italian institutions and the political world; the encounter and cooperative relations between religious denominations; the introduction into the education system of study programs and initiatives on interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The Forum’s platform will engage decision-makers, religious leaders, scholars, experts, representatives of the media and the civil society, laying the groundwork for the implementation of new programs and activities in the field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Italy.

PROGRAM

09:00
Introduction
Sen. Paola BINETTI
Extraordinary Commission for the Protection and the Promotion of Human Rights

Mr. Emiliano STORNELLI
Chairman, Religion & Security Council

09:30
First Session
RELATIONS BETWEEN RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES: DIALOGUE AND COEXISTENCE

Remarks
H.E. Msgr. Rino FISICHELLA 
President, Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

Rabbi Riccardo DI SEGNI
Chief Rabbi, Jewish Community of Rome

Imam Yahya Sergio PALLAVICINI
President, Italian Islamic Religious Community

Introduction and Moderation
Sen. Paola BINETTI
Vice President, Extraordinary Commission for the Protection and the Promotion of Human Rights

10:30
Second Session
EDUCATION TO INTERRELIGIOUS AND INTERCULTURAL
DIALOGUE

Remarks
Msgr. Prof. Samuele SANGALLI
President, Sinderesi Foundation

Dr. Ambrogio BONGIOVANNI
Professor of Interreligious Dialogue and Missiology, Pontifical Gregorian University

Mr. Moulay Zidane EL AMRANI
Lecturer of Arabic Studies, University of Padua

Dr. Carla ROSSI ESPAGNET
Professor of Theology, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Introduction and Moderation
Dr. Adalberta MAZZINI BERNARDINI
Vice President, International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education

11:30
Third Session
INTERRELIGIOUS AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE AS A FACTOR OF INTEGRATION


Remarks

Ms. Paola SARCINA 
Italian Network for Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue

Min. Plen. Enrico GRANARA
Coordinator for Multilateral Affairs in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Pierluigi BARTOLOMEI
General Director, ELIS Institute

Fr. David JOHN
Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Introduction and Moderation
Dr. Emiliano STORNELLI
Chairman, Religion & Security Council

12:30
Conclusions
Sen. Lucio MALAN
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Immigration

Sen. Adolfo URSO
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Immigration

Sen. Nicola MORRA
President, Antimafia Parliamentary Committee

Moderation
Sen. Paola BINETTI

Vice President, Extraordinary Commission for the Protection and the Promotion of Human Rights

13:00
End of Forum

“The opinions and the contents conveyed in the framework of the Forum are sole responsibility of the organizers and of the speakers, and cannot be in any way referred to the Senate of the Republic or to bodies of the Senate itself”.