The Dicastery is able to call on the collaboration of Consultors, who are nominated for a five-year term by the Holy Father. They are invited to offer their considerations or attend meetings to discuss various questions.

Edouard Adé

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Prof. Edouard Adé is a priest of the diocese of Cotonou, Benin. He is Secretary General of the UCAO, Catholic Univeristy of West Africa and is regional director of the Center "Notre Dame de l'Inculturation". He is the author of several books, including "L'Eglise au Bénin, Meditation sur la relève missionary".


Edward Alam


Edward J. Alam is Professor at Notre Dame University-Louaizé (NDU), Lebanon, in the Faculty of Humanities, where he has taught philosophy, cultural studies, and theology since 1996. He was General Secretary of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy from 2009-2012, and now is Director of the Council in Lebanon and the Near East. The Council specializes in philosophical research and has a 300+ Volume Book Series titled “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change”.  He is a founding member of the International Institute of Ethics and Contemporary Issues, housed at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. He is the Executing Officer of the Lebanon: Land of Dialogue Among Civilizations and Cultures Initiative housed at NDU, Lebanon, and has published widely in the fields of philosophy, theology, religion/science, and metaphysics/mysticism. 

Roberto Battiston


Roberto Battiston was born in Trento in 1956. He is married and father of four children. He graduated in Physics and obtained a PhD at the University of Paris IX, Orsay. Since 1992 Full Professor of Experimental Physics currently at the Department of Physics at the University of Trento. For over 35 years he has been involved in international research projects in the field of experimental physics of fundamental interactions: strong interactions, electroweakness, antimatter and dark matter research in cosmic rays. He has coordinated large and complex scientific projects in the field of physics and accelerators at CERN, Stanford and in space. He chaired the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for a four-year period (2014-18), representing Italy in Italian European and international space contexts. He has published more than 460 articles in international journals.

Maud de Beauchesne-Cassanet


Maud de Beauchesne-Cassanet. A lawyer by training, she is specialized in Cultural Heritage Law. She started working at the French Bishops' Conference in 2009 as a project manager in sacred art, then became Head of the Sacred Art Department from 2013 until 2019. She has attended courses at the Institut supérieur de théologie des arts at the Institut catholique de Paris.

Paolo Benanti


Father Paolo Benanti, T.O.R., is an Italian priest and theologian of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. Born in Rome in 1973, on September 16, 2001, he took the Franciscan habit, and on October 6, 2007, he made his solemn profession. Since 2008 he has been teaching at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In addition to institutional courses in sexual morals and bioethics, he is involved in neuroethics, technology ethics, artificial and post human intelligence.

Piero Benvenuti


Prof. Piero Benvenuti teaches astrophysics of higher energies at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Padua and is Director of the Centre for Space Studies and Activity “G. Colombo” of the same university. He was formerly president of the National Institute of Astrophysics and sub-Commissar of the Italian Space Agency. He teaches the Course “Science and Faith" at the Triveneto Faculty of Theology.


Paul Béré, SJ


Paul Béré is a Jesuit from Burkina Faso born in 1966. He teaches and researches Biblical sciences at the Jesuit Institute of Theology and the Catholic University of West Africa / University Unit of Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome). His doctoral research in biblical sciences at the Pontifical Biblical Institue looked at the figure of Joshua in the eponymous book (2007). In his current research he looks at the Hebrew bible and the role of texts in oral cultures.



Ralf van Bühren


Ralf van Bühren (Germany) is Professor of Art history and Architectural history at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome (School of Communication, School of Theology). He works on how art empowers a culture-changing dialogue in secular society.

His publications and teaching specialize in the history of Christian art and sacred architecture, in visual rhetoric, in pastoral concern for artists, in cultural journalism, and in the pastoral potentialities of the cultural heritage of the Church. He also deals with the correlation of aesthetics and spirituality, together with the liturgical art after the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council.



Santiago Calatrava Valls


Dr. H.C. Santiago Calatrava Valls architect, engineer, sculptor and artist studied at the school of arts in Valencia before moving to study at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia where his post-graduate work was in urban planning up until 1975, after which, as a qualified architect, he moved to Zurich and the Federal Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) to study civil engineering, obtaining a diploma in civil engineering and a doctorate in technical sciences in 1981. Dr. Calatrava taught at Yale and at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and is currently honorary professor at Technion in Israel.

Dr. Calatrava has exhibited at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York) in 1993, at the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), at the Museum Kunsthistorisches in Vienna, at the state Museum of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, at the Scuderia del Quirinale, Rome, in Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, at the National Pinacoteca Athens, at the National Gallery of Berlin, amid others. He lives and works between New York and Zurich.


Glen Chatelier


Mr. Glen Chatelier was born into a devoted Catholic family of educators in India, Mr. Chatelier received his early and tertiary level education in India.  He holds a master's degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A., through a Graduate fellowship from Rotary International. Currently serving as Director of International Affairs, Mr. Glen Chatelier has lived in Thailand and taught at Assumption University for 25 years. His former position was the Chair of the Department of Business English, the Faculty of Arts at Assumption University. As a published poet in Thailand, Mr. Glen Chatelier writes in the modified sonnet form and for the past 18 years has written in celebration of special anniversaries and birthdays for Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. 

Hyondok Choe


CHOE Hyondok was born and grown up in South Korea. She studied philosophy, political science and sinology in Seoul, Frankfurt and Bremen. Her doctoral dissertation was to reconstruct a genealogy of the concept 'ideology'. She taught and participated in several research projects at universities in South Korea and Germany. From 2001 - 2006 she worked for the Asia Desk of the Institute for Missiology missio in Germany and since then, intercultural philosophy is her main academic interest; she initiated and participated in many international academic project related to intercultural philosophy, organized fora for intercultural diaologues and has published her writings in this area. She has served as Professor for Philosophy and Coordinator for the Chair for Korean and East Asian Studies (Cátedra de Estudios de Corea y el Este Asiático) at the University of Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica. She was the editor-in-chief of two bi-annual journals, "Chakana. Intercultural Forum for Theology and Philosophy" as well as "Korea Forum". Searching for the ways for intercultural convivance in the context of globalization is an important guiding thread for her activities.

Edio Costantini


Edio Costantini, President of the John Paul II foundation for sports, pubblicist and journalist, coordinator of the school of thought Uno sport per l'uomo aperto all'Assoluto, promoted by the Ufficio Nazionale per la Pastorale dello Sport e Tempo Libero of the Italian Episcopal Council in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Culture.

He is member of the Osservatorio Nazionale dell'Associazionismo di Promozione Sociale, established by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. He has been national President of the Centro Sportivo Italiano (CSI) and director of the Center for Studies "Luigi Gedda". During the quinquennial 2008/2013 he has been Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He is also author of several books and studies about the conjugation of sports and faith.

Ivano Dionigi


Prof. Ivano Dionigi is Ordinary Professor of Latin Language and Literature at the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, where he has been Magnificent Rector since 2009. He has published many volumes, particularly on Seneca and Lucretius, and countless works in the Greek, Latin, pagan, Christian, classical and humanistic spheres. He established and directs the Study Centre “La Permanenza del Classico”, and is a member of the Academy of Sciences at Bologna. He is a member of the Board of the Council of Confucian Institutes (a nominee of the Chinese Minister of Education), and has Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the University of Bucharest and the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. He is President of the Foundation Don Gaudiano¸ receiving the recognition, Encomienda de Número de la Orden del Mérito Civil. On 10 November 2012, by nomination of Pope Benedict XVI he became President of the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis.

Dominica Dipio


Sister Dominica Dipio, MSMMC, obtained a BA in Education and an MA in Literature, both at the Makerere University in Uganda. In 2002 she obtained a PhD on women in African cinema at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), where she also lectured on "Introduction to Film Criticism and African Cinema". Dr. Dipio is currently Professor of Literature and Head of the Department of Literature at the School of Languages, Literature and Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Makerere University in Uganda. Among her publications is a book on Gender Terrains in African Cinema (2014).

Kevin Fitzgerald


Kevin T. FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D., Ph.D., is the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University.  He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center.  He received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, and a Ph.D. in bioethics, from Georgetown University.  His research efforts focus on the investigation of abnormal gene expression in cancer, and on ethical issues in biomedical research.  He has published both scientific and ethical articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and in the popular press.

Fr. FitzGerald has given presentations nationally and internationally, and often been interviewed by the news media, on such topics as human genomic research, cloning, stem cell research, and personalized medicine.  He is a founding member of Do No Harm, a member of the ethics committee for the March of Dimes, and a member of the Stem Cell Research Commission for the State of Maryland.  In addition, he served until March 2009 as a member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society.

Micol Forti


Micol Forti is the director of the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums. Following her degree, specialisation and research degree in the history of art, she taught artistic literature at the university, “La Sapienza” Rome (2001-2009). Her research on aspects of art in the 1900s (Venturino Venturi, “L’Erma” di Bretschneider 2006; Emile Bernard, LEV 2008), stands together with critical works such as Le spire della memoria. Riflessioni intorno al ruolo della classicità nella cultura artistica del Novecento, “L’Erma” di Bretschneider 2006; Aby Warburg e la cultura italiana. Fra sopravvivenze e prospettive di ricerca, Mondadori La Sapienza 2009) and sacred art in its relation to research on contemporary culture and Pontifical Collections in the 1900s (La sala dell’Immacolata Concezione di Francesco Podesti. Storia di una committenza e di un restauro, Edizioni Musei Vaticani 2010).



Fidel González Fernández, a Combonian missionary and priest born in Aller (Asturias España) in 1943. A priest since 1967 he worked as a missionary in Africa (Uganda) for 11 years and in various education spheres in Europe and Latin America. He has higher degrees in theology from Salamanca, history (Pontificia Università Gregoriana), and humanities (UPAEP de Mexico), and a diploma in Archives (A. Vaticano).




Joachim Hake


Joachim Hake is a theologian born in 1963 and since 2007 has been the director of the Catholic Academy of Berlin. Born in Lingen/Emsland he studied Theology at Münster and in Rome. Between 1997-2006 he was responsible for the formation days at the Castle of Rothenfels, which is well known for its connection to Romano Guardini and the liturgical movement. His work centres on Christianity and modernity, culture and theology, and culture and politics. He has published: Von Tränen und Heiligen. Emile M. Ciorans traurige Wissenschaft, in: Thomas Pröpper, Michael Raske, Jürgen Werbick (Hg.) Mystik – Herausforderung und Inspiration. Gotthard Fuchs zum 70. Geburtstag, Ostfildern 2008,  304-314; Mit dem Glauben Schiffbruch erleiden. Notizen zu Paulus, Claudio Magris und der Blindheit der Liebe; Jahrbuch für das Erzbistum Berlin 2008/2009. Gemeinsam mit Elmar Salmann Herausgeber von Spuren. Essays zu Kultur und Glaube, EOS-Verlag.

Fr. Jacques de LONGEAUX


Jacques de Longeaux was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Paris on June 30, 1990, by Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger. He was first vicar for 8 years at Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix, then at the Immaculate Conception, for 4 years. After a study mission at the IET in Brussels, and 7 years as superior of the Maison Saint-Augustin, he is now president of the Faculté Notre-Dame au Collège des Bernardins, and chaplain of the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. He holds a doctorate in theology and teaches on the sacrament of marriage and family morality.

Mariella Mascitelli


Sister Mariella Mascitelli, is a Sister Disciple of the Divine Master. She graduated in Architecture at the Sapienza University and is a registered architect in Rome. She works with a team of sisters, also professionals, in the field of architecture and arts for liturgy mostly in Australia and in Europe. She is a consultant of the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Council, at the General Secretariat of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.

Pat Murray


Sister Pat Murray, IBVM, is the Executive Secretary of International Union of Superiors General. She has worked in peace building in Ireland. Later she was the founding executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan, fostering the collaboration of more than a hundred religious orders working to rebuild the educational, medical, agricultural and pastoral infrastructure of the newly independent South Sudan.


Stefano Paleari


Stefano Paleari, Professor of Financial Systems Analysis at the University of Bergamo, Chairman of the Human Technopole Coordination Committee and Extraordinary Commissioner of Alitalia. He was Rector of the University of Bergamo and President of the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities. He has published numerous scientific papers in the areas of Financial Markets, Air Transportation and Higher Education.  He is the author of the essay I battiti della mente (The Beats of the Mind) (Brioschi 2017) which talks about culture as social DNA.

Daniele Pasquini


Daniele Pasquini was born in Crema (CR) in 1976. He graduated in Mathematics at the State University of Milan in 2000, then moved to Rome to serve during the Jubilee, starting a collaboration with the Centro Sportivo Italiano (Italian Sports Centre), holding positions and becoming in 2011 its national president.

He is in charge of the pastoral care of sport in Lazio and has matured his skills as a sports manager working for the Forum of Italian Oratories, the Sports Office of the CEI, and the Holy See.

He is married and has two children.

Piotr Pasterczyk


Rev. Dr Piotr Pasterczyk is a priest of the Archdiocese of Lublin since 1993. Born in Rzeszów (Poland), he completed his studies at the Catholic University of Lublin (1993). Then he studied philosophy at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein (1995-1997), before specialising at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Fribourg, Brisgovia (1997-2003) where he obtained a Ph.D. in ecumenical dogmatics (2001) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (2004). He teaches at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University John Paul II in Lublin (Poland).


Marguerite A. Peeters


Marguerite A. Peeters has monitored semantic, political, cultural and ethical developments at the level of global governance since 1994. She is the author of some 300 reports and of several books on these topics.

She lectures internationally, particularly in Africa and Europe, and is a visiting professor of theology (global ethics and evangelization) at several universities and institutions, including the Pontifical University Urbaniana, the Catholic University of Congo and the International Canon Triest Institute. She also directs the Brussels-based Institute for Intercultural Dialogue Dynamics  (


Eric Salobir


Fr. Eric Salobir, OP, is in charge of media and technology for the Dominicans. He is also the founder the OPTIC network aimed to promote researches and innovation in the field of digital humanities. A member of the board of the Fondazione per l’evangelizzazione attraverso i media and of the Aleteia media company (a company of the Media Participation group), he teaches digital communication at the Catholic University of Paris. A graduate of the ISC Paris business school, Fr. Salobir has worked at the French Embassy in Prague (economy and trade section), and for Credit Lyonnais bank (now LCL) in the merchant bank department. He was the chief editor of ROC FM radio and a member of the board of the Federation of French Radio Stations. He was also in charge of Catholic digital media production for the French TV channel France 2.

Antonella Sciarrone Alibrandi

Antonella Sciarrone Alibrandi

Antonella Sciarrone Alibrandi is Professor of Economic Law in the Faculty of Banking, Financial and Insurance Sciences at the Università Cattolica.

She has held various posts past and present: vicarious pro-rector of the Università Cattolica; president of the Italian Association of Professors of Economic Law (ADDE); member of the Academic Board of the European Banking Institute (EBI); member of the Expert Group ROFIEG (Expert Group on Regulatory Obstacles to Financial Innovation) set up in 2018 by the European Commission at DG Fisma and national rapporteur on FinTech issues; member of the Supervisory and Financial Information Authority (ASIF) of the Holy See; senior expert of the Finance and Humanity Village in the context of The Economy of Francesco; consultant of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development to address socio-economic and cultural challenges related to the pandemic; member of the Board of Directors of UCID Milan (since 2020) and of the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists.

Her scientific publications cover banking and financial market laws, social inclusion and regulation of innovation.

Wolf Joachim Singer


Wolf Joachim Singer, M.D., Ph.D., is Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and Founding Director both of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society. He studied medicine at the Universities of Munich and Paris, received his M.D. from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University and his Ph.D. from the Technical University in Munich. He is member of numerous national and international academies, including the Pontifical Academy of Sciences from 1992. He served as President of the European Neuroscience Association, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Max Planck Society, and as member of numerous Advisory Boards of scientific organizations and editorial boards of journals.




Antonio Spadaro is a Jesuit and directs the review La Civiltà Cattolica. He works on languages in contemporary culture. In 1998 he founded the association of creative writers BombaCarta ( He is a literary critic and has written La grazia della parola. Karl Rahner e la poesia (Jaca Book 2006), Abitare nella possibilità. L’esperienza della letteratura, I (ivi 2008, L’altro fuoco. L’esperienza della letteratura, II (ivi 2009). He curated the Italian edition of the works of G. M. Hopkins (Rizzoli 2008), Walt Whitman (Ancora 2009) and Flannery O'Connor (Rizzoli 2011). For the last decade he has looked at digital culture from the theological and anthropological perspectives. He blogs at and has written books on the evolution of the net.

S.E.R. Mons. Anton Stres


Anton Stres, C.M., Emeritus Archbishop of Ljubljana and former President of the Slovenian Bishops' Conference. During a long academic career he was the Ordinary Professor of Philosophy, becoming director of the Institute of Philosophy and Social Ethics, and then dean of the faculty of theology of the University of Ljubljana. He is a prolific writer and in 2015 was named rector of the Catholic Institute of Ljubljana, where he continues to teach courses on applied ethics and philosophy.

Alessandra Talamo


Prof. Alessandra Talamo PhD, Social Psychologist and Psychotherapist, former Director of the Department of Psychology of Developmental and Socialisation Processes at Sapienza University of Rome, where she has worked since 2005. Her areas of activity follow two main threads: the centrality of the person, and a human-centred vision of innovation.  Lecturer in "Technological Innovation and Organisational Processes" and "People-centred Design Studio", she deals with technological innovation, Service Design and User Experience, also as scientific head of IDEaCTlab (Interaction Design and Information Technology Lab), and of SAPERI&Co., hub for interdisciplinary research and technology transfer at Sapienza. Author of numerous publications with international circulation, she has participated in international research projects since 2001 and collaborated with the European Commission for the evaluation of projects.  
She directs HOPE (Humanitarian Operators Psychological E-services), a remote psychological support service for professionals on mission in crisis contexts. In this field she is also active with training projects on psychological first-aid in countries in conflict situation, in collaboration with Universities in Central African Republic, Rwanda, Lebanon, Jordan.

Francesc Torralba


Prof. Francesc Torralba has PhDs in philosophy and theology. He is profesor at the Universitat Ramon Llull de Barcelona, where he teaches the ethos of applied ethics. He presides at the Council of the Assessorate for religious diversity of the Government of the Generality of Catalunya. He has published some 70 books. He is married and has five children.

Tamás Toth


Tamás Tóth studied theology in Veszprém, Szeged and later in Rome as a student of Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum. In Kalocsa he was ordained priest for the Diocese of Kalocsa-Kecskemét in 2002, chaplain between 2004 and 2007, and then secretary of the Apostolic Nuncio in Budapest from 2007 to 2011. Rector of the Hungarian Pontifical Institute in Rome from 2011 to 2018, from 2018 secretary of the Hungarian Catholic Episcopal Conference.