Programme of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture

The Church and the Challenge of Secularisation

Thursday 6 March 2008

09h00 : Lauds

09h15 : Welcoming and opening session: His Excellency Rt. Rev. Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture

09h45 : Report of activities: Most Rev Bernard Ardura, Secretary

10h15 : Presentation of the Instrumentum Laboris: Rev. Fr. Laurent Mazas, Rev. Msgr. Franco Perazzolo
10h45 : Coffee Break.

11h15 : 1st session: Secularisation: theological, cultural and pastoral challenges.

- Constructing the City of God at the Heart of Secular Society, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Joseph Doré, Emeritus Archbishop of Strasbourg.

12h00 : Discussion
13h00 : Lunch.

15h00 : 2nd Session : The Church and secularisation of civil society.
- Facing the Challenge of a Crisis of Faith towards the Church, His Excellency the Most Rev. Donal Brendan Murray, Bishop of Limerick
- What kind of Democracy leads to Secularism? His Eminence Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago.
15h30 : Discussion
16h00: Coffee Break.

16h30 : 3rd Session : The Secularisation of Traditional Societies

- A People of Missionaries caught up with Secularisation, His Eminence Cardinal José da Cruz Policarpo, Patriarch of Lisbon
- African Cultures and the Challenge of Migration: a concern for the Church, His Excellency the Most Rev. Anselme Titianma Sanon, Archbishop of Bobo-Dioulasso
- What Pastoral Priorities for the Church in Traditional Asia?, His Eminence Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

17h00 : Discussion
18h00 : Vespers

Friday 7 march 2008

09h00 : Lauds

09h15 : 4th Session : Secularisation and new forms of religiosity
- The Challenge of Sects and Religious of Indigenous Inspiration: the urgency of a renewed proclamation of the Gospel, His Eminence Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, Archbishop of Guatemala
- The Resurgence of the Irrational in Western Culture: a challenge for the new evangelization, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto
- Are the new forms of religiosity an indication of post-secularisation? His Excellency Rt. Rev. Mark Benedict Coleridge, Archbishop of Canberra

09h45 : Discussion
10h45 : Coffee Break

11h15 : 5th session : From a society without God to a society without man.
- The Concerns of a Christian Humanism in a Society deprived of Transcendence, His Eminence Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč.
- New Ways for a Dialogue between the Church and the Sciences, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Józef Mirosław Życiński, Archbishop of Lublin
- What Language should the Church employ to speak to the Heart of man devoid of religious references? His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster

11h45 : Discussion
13h00 : Lunch

15h00 : 6th session : Pastoral experiences and perspectives for the evangelization of culture.
- The Church in Africa at the service of reconciliation, justice and peace, in the perspective of the IInd Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, His Eminence Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam
- Which pastoral perspectives for the evangelization of culture in Europe?, Rev. Msgr. Peter Fleetwood, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
- The formation of priests and the consecrated amidst atheism and secularisation, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Joseph Vu Duy Thong, Auxiliary Bishop of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh

15h30 : Discussion

16h00 : Coffee Break

16h30 : 7th Session : The strength of the faith to construct a more human world.
- A Church witnessing faith and charity in a Muslim country Rev. Fr. John M. Prior, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
- The Evangelization of culture at the service of reconciliation and peace, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Guy-Paul Noujaim, Maronite Patriarchal Vicar of Sarba
- Religious experience and dimension in the process of reconciliation and peace in Africa, His Eminence Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier O.F.M., Archbishop of Durban
17h00 : Discussion
18h00 : Vespers

Saturday 8 march 2008

08h00 : Concelebrated Mass in the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina presided over by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Gianfranco Ravasi, Homily by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Mgr Fabio Duque Jaramillo, O.F.M., Bishop of Armenia

08h45 : Breakfast at the Pontifical Council for Culture

09h15 : Towards the Plenary 2010. Theme, Proposals

Conclusion : His Excellency Rt. Rev. Gianfranco Ravasi

Audience with the Holy Father