Charism and Institution in Ecclesial Movements and Communities

A Study Day on today’s theological and canonical aspects of Ecclesial Movements and Communities will be held in Rome, on January 18, 2018. It is being organized by the Evangelii Gaudium Centre of the Sophia University Institute, under the patronage of the Italian Canonistic Association.


piazzaSPietro“Charism and Institution in Ecclesial Movements and Communities” is the title for the Study Day to be held on January 18, 2018 at the Sala dei Cento Giorni in Palazzo della Cancelleria, situated in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II, Rome. Maria Voce will open the day’s programme with a word of welcome on behalf of the Movements and Communities organizing the event, while Card. Kevin Farrell will do the introduction. During the morning session, Mgr. Piero Coda, Mgr. Luis Navarro, Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda S.J. and Bishop Christoph Hegge will deliver talks. Card. Francesco Coccopalmerio will be the moderator. The afternoon session will be dedicated to questions made by the Movements and Communities promoting the Study Day and to views shared by Prof. J.M. Bahns and Prof. E. Di Bernardo, “confronting canonists”.


Press release

Programme (in italian)

Speech by Maria Voce on behalf of the Movements and Communities organizing the event


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Inauguration of the International Patriarch Athenagoras – Chiara Lubich Chair of Ecumenical Studies at the Sophia University Institute, Loppiano, on December 14, 2017

The inaugural address was made by His Eminence Gennadios Zervos, Metropolitan of Italy and Malta, who spoke about “Patriarch Athenagoras and Chiara Lubich, protagonists of unity”.

flyerThis Chair of Ecumenical Studies, unique in the international academic and cultural scene, is being founded 50 years after the first meeting between Patriarch Athenagoras I and Chiara Lubich.

When one thinks of the political, social and religious instability experienced in nearby countries, in the Middle East and in the Mediterranean region, this Chair assumes cultural and social relevance on an international level. It is meant to offer young people opportunities of study and research, whereby Europe can be made to breathe with its “two lungs”.

Its main objectives are: studying the cultural significance of the ecumenical journey towards full unity among Churches, revising its historical stages and examining its existential and social implications through the exchange of spiritual, theological and cultural riches of Christians both in the East and West. Furthermore, it aims at offering space and academically qualified courses to train those interested in promoting unity between the Orthodox and the Catholic Church through thought, dialogue and life, and thus contribute towards the encounter between peoples and cultures.

Academic Year Programme 2017/2018 (Italian)

Pope Francis’ message

Message of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

Maria Voce’s message

Inaugural address by Gennadios Zervos (italian)


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2007-2017: Sophia’s tenth anniversary

The University Institute founded by Chiara Lubich inaugurates the academic year with the launching of a new Research Centre

503af540-d27d-4da4-88f9-d37f862ad876_0The Sophia University Institute was founded by Chiara Lubich ten years ago; she wanted this institute to focus on ‘the teaching of Wisdom”. Piero Coda, President of Sophia says that this aspiration orientates the institute’s life towards one “where divine wisdom and the human quest for knowledge become one thing”. “Sophia is an innovative idea of university characterized by a strong interdisciplinary and intercultural experience”. During the first ten years of its life, 126 graduates and 15 PhD students “have acquired necessary means to interpret contemporaneity and act as protagonists in a pluralistic, complex world that needs people who can dialogue”, as Coda states.

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertori, the Chancellor of the Institute, Dr.Maria Voce, the Vice-Chancellor, the academic staff and students will be present for the inauguration of the academic year 2017-2018, which will be taking place on October24, 2017 at the Auditorium of the Loppiano International Centre. Mons. Vincenzo Zani, Prof. Stefano Zamagni, Prof. Vincenzo Buonomo, Ambassador Pasquale Ferrara and Dr. Adnane Mokrani are among the special guests.

The inauguration ceremony of the Sophia Global Studies will be on the same day at 9.00am in the Aula Magna of the University Institute. This new research, training and dialogue centre. is meant to train leaders capable of facing global challenges and well-equipped with tools necessary to promote dialogue and peace. Paolo Frizzi, the coordinator of this new initiative claims that ”the complexities of today’s world require integrated and unified perspectives” and that Sophia Global Studies aims at becoming “a trans-disciplinary and cross-cultural point of reference in the field of global studies, particularly through putting into dialogue the resources and expertise that come from the various disciplines».

Sophia Global Studies

Greeting by Maria Voce


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