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Pacificism, third edition of the school of peace: this year’s theme “Wars and peace on the borders of Europe”

An opportunity given to young people (and not only) to answer many questions, the school of peace organised in Rome and starting on November 19

Third edition of the School of Peace: in-depth study on understanding conflicts, humanitarian, social and political consequences of war, tools for building peace

What are the wars on the borders of Europe? What are the causes? What are the consequences? Is it possible to build peace or is it only a utopia?

Important questions, which will be explored in a “school of peace” (now in its third edition) organised by various bodies and associations, together: Istituto Giuseppe Toniolo, Azione Cattolica Italiana, Pontificia Università Lateranense, Focsiv, Caritas Italiana, Missio.

The event, entitled “Wars and peace on the borders of Europe”, is scheduled from 18 to 20 November in Rome at the TH Roma Carpegna Palace Hotel-Domus Mariae in Via Aurelia

In this time marked by wars in Europe and around the world, the aim is to explore the causes of conflicts and ways to build lasting peace, with a special focus on what is happening in Ukraine.

The programme, after the opening greetings and prayer on Friday afternoon, will get into full swing with the session dedicated to ‘Understanding Conflicts’: moderated by Sandro Calvani, president of the Scientific Council of the Toniolo Institute, speakers will include Paolo Beccegato, deputy director of Caritas Italiana, Leonardo Becchetti, economist at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Stella Morra, theologian at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

On Saturday morning, the focus will shift to understanding “The consequences of war”: The meeting will be moderated by Primo Di Blasio, FOCSIV foreign coordinator, who will give space to the contributions of Lucia Serena Rossi, judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Silvia Sinibaldi, director of international and humanitarian cooperation of Caritas Europe, Alessandro Azzoni, diplomat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Maria Bianco, theologian of the Pontifical Gregorian University, and Vincenzo Buonomo, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University.

In the afternoon of Saturday 19 November, three workshops on reconciliation experiences are scheduled, introduced by Giovanni Rocca, National Secretary of Missio Giovani, and by Sister Elisa Kidané, director of the Missionary Centre of the Diocese of Rome.

On Sunday 20 November, the event will close with a discussion on giving back, sharing initiatives and concrete commitments for peace, by Andrea Michieli, director of the Toniolo Institute.

This School of Peace is addressed to everyone, but is particularly intended for young people

Accepting the invitation of Pope Francis, the organisers wish that “this formative moment be an opportunity for all those who wish to be ‘artisans of peace willing to initiate processes of healing and renewed encounter with ingenuity and boldness’ (Fratelli tutti, n. 225)”.

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