Great Event of the year of the faith

26/09/2013 - 29/09/2013 (Save to cal)

Vatican city - St. Peter  (Vatican state)

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Rome, September 26-28, 2013
The following are invited to participate in the International Conference of Catechesis
- The Presidents of Episcopal Commissions involved in Catechesis, Evangelization or related fields;
- Heads of National Catechetical Offices;
- Heads of Diocesan Catechetical Offices;
- A delegation of catechists from every Diocese;
- Representatives from academic institutions engaged in the study of Catechesis.

The conference venue will be the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

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Rome, September 28-29, 2013
The pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Apostle Peter is open to all the Catechists of the world and will end with a Mass presided by Pope Francis in St Peter Square

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Registration is MANDATORY for everyone wishing to participate in the Pilgrimage of Catechists and all parts of the REGISTRATION FROM must be filled out.

Participants are able to register using the Registration Form attached and sending it to the ORGANIZING SECRETARIAT via (TEL. 0039.06.69896 373 – FAX 0039.06.69880513 – E-MAIL ).




Registering for the Conference (September 26-28) + the Pilgrimage (September 28-29)

Fee per person: € 60,00

The fee includes:

Registration to the Conference; Conference materials; Registration to the Pilgrimage, upon receipt of payment.


PROPOSAL  1. Services (lunch only)

September 27-29 (3 days)


Fee per person € 55,00

The fee includes:

3 box lunch (September 27, 28, 29); Pilgrim Kit; Public transportation card for the City of Rome (valid for 3 days); Medical insurance (not valid for those needing an international Visa).


PROPOSAL 2. Accommodations and Services (dinner only and accomodaton)

The Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, for the occasion of the International Conference of Catechesis, is offering packages for accommodations and services.


Three reserved nights in a room of two or more beds in a Seminary or Religious House; Either lunch or dinner (drinks not included);Pilgrim Kit; Medical insurance (not valid for those needing an international Visa).


Price per person (* exclusively for Religious)

¨ Religious House*

€ 115,00


¨ Religious Institute

€ 200,00


¨ Cat. 3 Hotel

€ 245,00


¨ Cat. 4 Hotel

€ 310,00



In order to personalize your accommodations and services, please contact the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi at:




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Solidarity Contribution

Each participant is asked to make a gesture of solidarity by making a payment of 3.00 Euro per person.

This contribution will assist with the organization expenses and the overall coordination of the event, including the publication of all printed materials which will be distributed to the participants.

We ask that those collaborating National Episcopal Conferences collect this Solidarity Contribution from their Country of competence and then forward it to the ORGANIZING SECRETARIAT according to the details below:

IBAN Code: E 56500700100935424200

BIC Code (SWIFT): D E U T D E F F X X X 

Address:         DEUTSCHE BANK

                        TAUNUSANLAGE 12-21

                        60262 FRANKFURT



Reason: The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization / Pilgrimage of Catechists


In favor of: 42612006 The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization / Year of Faith


In the case that the transfer is being made from an existing account at L’INSTITUTO PER LE OPERE DI RELIGIONE (I.O.R.) it is sufficient to request a transfer in favor of: 42612006 The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization / Year of Faith

In this case, please indicate the reason: Pilgrimage of CATECHISTS

General Programme

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The Catechist, witness of the faith


Thursday, September 26, 2013

15,30          Welcome
Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas,
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

15,45          Viewing of the Film
: A Video of Art and the New Evangelization
This 15 minute film of music and images is a catechetical narrative which, through symbolic language, invites one to reflect upon the Creed.

16,00          Introduction to the Conference  
Catechesis in the Context of the New Evangelization
Archbishop Rino Fisichella
, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

16,30          Lectio Divina
The Disciples of Emmaus
(Lk 24: 13-35)
Prof. Bruna Costacurta, Director of the Department of Biblical Theology in the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome; Italy)

17,00          First Presentation
God Seeks Man and Reveals Himself
Dr. Petroc Willey, Deputy Director of the Maryvale Institute (Birmingham, England)

17,45          Second Presentation
The Church as the First Confessor of the Faith Manuel José Jiménez Rodríguez
, Chaplain for the National University of Colombia and Advisor to the Office of Catechesis of the Columbian Episcopal Conference (Bogotà, Colombia)

Friday, September 27, 2013

10,00          Opening Prayer

10,15          Third Presentation
Memoria Fidei: the Dynamism of the Act of Faith (Memory, Event, Prophecy)
Prof. Mons. Pierangelo Sequeri, Dean of the Theology Faculty of Northern Italy (Milan, Italy)


11,30          Fourth  Presentation
“Traditio” et “Redditio Symboli”: Our “Yes” to God
P. Robert Dodaro, O.S.A., Dean of the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum of the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome, Italy)


15,30          Interventions

-    Credibility of Faith: the Relationship between Faith and Reason in the Transmission of the Faith Krzysztof Kaucha, Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)         

-    An Instructional Theory of the Act of Faith
Dr. Jem SullivanProfessor of Catechetics at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies (Washington, DC, USA)                    

-    The Continuation of “Traditio Verbi”: the Harmony of Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium Alberto Franzini, Pastor (Cremona, Italy)

-    The Reception of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Catechesis: Experiences and Criteria for a Full Reception
Prof. Joël Molinario, Theologian and Assistant Director of the Institut Supérieur de Pastoral Catéchétique (Paris, France)

17,00          A Catechesis by Pope Francis

Saturday, September 28, 2013

8,30            Celebration of Holy Mass and Professio Fidei
St. Peter’s Basilica – Altar of the Chair

10,00          Opening Prayer

10,15          Fifth Presentation
Service to the Truth as an Expression of the Ecclesial Community
Bishop Javier Salinas Viñal
, Bishop of Mallorca and Member of the International Council for Catechesis (Spain)

11,15          Conclusion
Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization


Pilgrimage of Catechists

Saturday, September 28

9,30                               Catechetical sessions held in diverse languages in various churches of Rome

To follow                       Celebration of Holy Mass (in the same church).

12,0017,00                Pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Apostle Peter
                                      Groups will enter St. Peter’s Basilica for the Professio fidei.

From 14,00 until 17,00, in the vicinity of St. Peter’s, there will be various churches open in which to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and for Eucharistic Adoration.

Cappella Santa Monica

Eucharistic Adoration

Santo Spirito in Sassia


Chiesa di Santa Maria Annunziata in Borgo


Sunday, September 29

10,30                   Mass Presided by the Holy Father
In St. Peter’s Square