Held at the Pontifical Lateran University the seminar on health, migration and peace, organized by the Global Forum, Rielo Institute, Arel and Università Cattolica

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The migrant population already represents 3% of the world total according to the Osservasalute 2016 Report of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The vulnerability of this entire population, their right to health, climate change and critical cases such as Mexico and Venezuela are some of the aspects dealt with in the international seminar “Healing migrants to heal the world: future scenarios for peace-building” organized by the Global Permanent Forum on Migration and Health (Global PerForMHealth) at the Pontificia Università Lateranense on 4 and 5 March. The objective, among others, was to dismantle myths such as that of the invading migrant, since the number of migrants perceived by society is much higher than the actual number, or that of the migrant who transmits diseases, given that studies show the opposite.

The Global PerForMHealth is formed by the Rielo Institute for Integral Development, the Agenzia di Ricerche e Legislazione (AREL), the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Messico), the Hospital-UTPL (Ecuador), the University of Cuenca (Ecuador) and the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador. It is an open discussion platform on migration, the physical and mental health of migrants, public health, emergency relief and related social, political and economic issues. Its aim is to create an international network that studies all aspects of migration from a multidisciplinary approach.

With this seminar, given by experts from organizations and universities from different countries, Global PerForMHealth wants to disseminate accurate information, based on verified data, which neutralize the misinformation and instrumentalization that today is made of the phenomenon, which favors exclusion and prevents taking advantage of all the potential, including labor, of this population sector. As an example of this, the WHO-Europe 2018 report, published in January 2019, shows that migrants in Europe only represent an average of 10% of the population, when the social perception is that they are 3 or 4 times more. The former Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, emphatically warned of this distance between perception and reality.

Similarly, the WHO report shows that the risk of migrants transmitting contagious diseases is very low and that a large proportion of migrants who are currently HIV-positive contracted the disease once they arrived in Europe. Maurizio Marceca, president of the Italian Society of Migration Medicine, spoke about it and about health scaremongering when he stated that sometimes the media disseminate data and visions without scientific basis that construct distorted narratives about the health of migrants.

For his part, Carlos Durán, Ecuador’s Deputy Minister of Health, explained how his country is dealing with the health care for the great Venezuelan migratory flow that has moved to Ecuador and the countries of the region. Starting from a legal framework that defends the right to migration and in a joint effort with the rest of the health ministers, Ecuador is offering important resources to guarantee the health of such a massive group of displaced people.

Bernardo Vega, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cuenca (Ecuador), also spoke about this, for whom the humanitarian crisis of the displacement of Venezuelans will soon surpass Syria. According to Vega, Ecuadorian health personnel are not yet prepared to assume a health emergency of such caliber and that the path of tightening immigration laws, assumed by other countries, only aggravates the problem.

Monsignor Guerino de Tora, president of the Italian episcopal commission for migration, underlined the globalization of the phenomenon of human mobility, without which today’s society cannot be understood. The rector of the Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla (Mexico), Emilio Baños, defined the person as “homo migrans” and today’s world as “migrant world”. According to Baños, the migratory crisis is a reflection of an anthropological crisis that should lead nations to rethink the concept of sovereignty and borders in relation to the human person, becoming aware of the historical co-responsibility that developed countries have with those countries that now send out their own children.

In this sense, the rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, Vincenzo Buonomo, emphasized that human mobility must be truly governed and not faced as an emergency or from borders. Along these lines, Enrico Letta attributed the migration crisis in Europe to the imbalance between national and multilateral instruments. For his part, Jesús Fernández, recalled the words of its founder, Fernando Rielo, who together with Caritas initiated the first polyambulatory for migrants in Rome in 1983, that “migration is a question of social justice because the person in this desperate condition aspires, rather than being helped compassionately, to be recognized that the world belongs to him, beyond each border”.

From the academy, Catherine Withol, director emeritus of France’s National Center for Scientific Research, noted the contradiction between the reality of migration as a modern trait and the strong inequalities of movement suffered by many people. This requires more migration policies and not the closure of borders, which does not solve the root of the problem, according to Corrado Bonifazi, director of Italy’s National Research Council.

The importance of civil society in the relationship between health and migration was put on the table by Ranieri Guerra, Assistant Director-General of WHO, and also by Salvatore Geraci of Caritas Rome, who underlined the active role of medical and voluntary organisations.

The mental health of the migrant, as one of the critical points, was addressed by Luigi Janiri, co-president of Global PerForMHealth and professor at the Università Cattolica, who spoke of the increased risk in the second generation and migrants. Likewise, Richard Mollia, from Harvard University, presented the high incidence of post-traumatic stress syndrome in this population.

The increase of unaccompanied minor migrants in Central American migration to the United States and all the health risks they suffer in their migratory journey to Mexico, the most dangerous country for migrants, was exposed by Lourdes Rosas, researcher at the Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla.

An important experience was that presented by the Italian Football Federation with the so-called “progettosete” which consists of a regional and national football tournament aimed at refugee minors in Italy and which is giving positive results of social inclusion.

Other topics included climate change as one of the triggers of migration, the importance of the family and the influence of the media, through which an attempt was made to analyze the phenomenon of migration in all its complexity.

The seminar featured the premiere of Catherine MacGilvray’s documentary “Los sin voz” (The Voiceless), which tells the tragic migratory story of the Salvadoran people of Long Island (NY), where they constitute the largest community.

The Conferences “Educate from and for peace” of the FFR and University of Seville are now 17 years old

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At the inauguration of the XVII Conference “Educate from and for peace”, promoted by the Fernando Rielo Foundation with University of Seville, held on 5 and 6 March with the theme “The value of peace in the resolution of personal and social conflicts”, the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Seville, Alfonso Javier García González, said that he felt very identified with the theme of the same.

This edition has enrolled students of architecture, medicine, engineering, psychology, pedagogy, philosophy, teachers, middle degree, master, among others, and students who had already completed their career and were working.

The Dean underlined the importance of the theme of the Days for all disciplines since anyone must be impregnated with values and within the educational field training professionals in psychosocial skills is fundamental to communicate with others with the best guarantees. He alluded to the content of the Conference, diverse and extremely interesting, placing emphasis on the closing conference announced “Building peace in the encounter with the other” because in any conflict listening is essential.

He showed his gratitude and recognition to the organizers of these Days that are kept in the time trusting and wishing that they survive and surpass by far the twenty years to which they are heading for the good that they provide to those who carry them out. He was accompanied by Dr. Manuela Barcia, Coordinator of the Conferences (to her right), and Ms. María José García Rubio, member of the Fernando Rielo Foundation and of the Idente School, Secretary of the same.

Dr. José Luis Romera López, aeronautical technical engineer and Dr. in Pedagogy, member of the Fernando Rielo Foundation and of the Idente School at its headquarters in Granada, gave the lecture “Values and anti-values: Resolve and create conflicts”. It was presented by Miguel Ángel Sánchez Rubio, belonging to the Fernando Rielo Foundation at its headquarters in Constantina (Seville). “Inner peace is related to the experience of values. Love can do anything, he said; it is the greatest value. Anti-values generate conflicts and annoy. We have to go into exile from ourselves. To go out towards others”.

Dr. Pablo Álvarez Domínguez, Dr. in Pedagogy, professor at the Faculty of Education Sciences in Seville, gave an interesting and original lecture with the theme: “Rediscovering a new pedagogy of innovation and creativity”. It was presented by Dr. in Philosophy, Isabel Orellana Vilches, a member of the Fernando Rielo Foundation and the Idente School, based in Seville.

She invited everyone to leave “our comfort zone”. If you do so, you reach the panic zone, from there to the learning zone, from which you access the magical zone (unknown world), a zone of nearby development.

Dr. María Victoria Rullán Miquel, director of the Fernando Rielo Foundation’s Music Classroom, and member of the Idente School at its headquarters in Palma de Mallorca, gave the lecture “Music as a resource for peace”. It was presented by Rocío Carballar Castilla, a children’s education teacher.
Day 5 culminated with the screening of the documentary “Love” (Girls by day, prostitutes by night) directed by the award-winning filmmaker with two Goya awards, Raúl de la Peña. It was presented by its producer Mr. Alberto López Herrero, to whom the Sevillian lawyer Ernesto Holgado gave way.

The Conference of the project Educate from and for peace, on its second day, had at its beginning as a speaker Ms. Isabel Cuenca Anaya, biologist, Secretary General of Justice and Peace, who delivered the conference “Peace, a personal and collective attitude”. It was presented by the lawyer and prosecutor Pedro López de Lemus, coordinated by Dr. Isabel Orellana Vilches. Isabel Cuenca defined peace as a personal attitude. Nobody gives what they don’t have.

The round table moderated by journalist Pablo F. Enríquez Amador, was composed of Dr. Alfonso Cabello García, Ms. Pilar Illescas Alonso and Dr. Juana Sánchez-Gey Venegas, professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid, director of the Aula de Pensamiento of the Fernando Rielo Foundation. The theme was “The challenge of truth. An existential challenge”.

The closing of these XVII Days of the project Educate from and for peace took place with the conference of Dr. Juana Sánchez-Gey Venegas, who gave the conference: “Building peace in the encounter with the other”, which gave rise to an interesting colloquium. It was presented by Dr. in Philosophy María Lidia Rico Jiménez.

Dr. Sanchez-Gey stated that all values are intertwined. Living with respect is an axis for coexistence. Values are fundamentally living. Virtues = lived values. There are things that have no price but value, as is the person who is value and end in itself. She spoke of the ethics of the person, which means the ethics of dignity.

Truth was defined as the way, what we express of reality as it is since there has to be a concordance. The truth as an attribute of the person, as a giant of three heads, which, as Dr. Sanchez-Gey said, the first underlines that truth exist before ourselves.

‘Healing migrants to heal the world’, international seminar in Rome

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An international seminar organized by the Global Forum on Health and Migration will take place at the Pontifical Lateran University (Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4. Rome) on 4 and 5 March under the theme “Healing migrants to heal the world: future scenarios for peace-building”. The objective is to identify intervention scenarios to guarantee the migrant’s right to health and the influence of this on world peace.

The event will bring together political and academic leaders from Europe, the United States, Mexico and Ecuador. Among them are Enrico Letta, former Italian Prime Minister and current Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA); Richard Mollica, Director of the Harvard Refugee Trauma Program; Maurizio Marceca, President of the Italian Society of Migration Medicine; Luigi Janiri, psychiatrist and professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Vincenzo Buonomo, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University; Emilio Baños, Rector of UPAEP (Puebla, Mexico); Emanuele Caroppo, General Secretary of the Hera Research Centre, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and Fulvio Giardina, President of the National Council of the College of Psychologists.

The seminar will deal with topics such as the role of the Global Forum in the global agenda on migration; health and migration prospects in the various continents; Ius Migrandi and Health; Family and health in migration; Doctors for migration: present and future scenarios and post-traumatic stress disorder and migration.

Within the framework of the conference, the documentary film “Los sin voz”, by Catherine MacGilvray, will be released. It narrates the tragic migratory history of the Salvadoran people of Long Island (NY), where they are the largest community.

The Global Health Forum is an open discussion platform on migration, the physical and mental health of migrants, public health, emergency relief and related social, political and economic issues. Its aim is to create an international network that studies all aspects of migration from a multidisciplinary approach. It is composed of the Università del Sacro Cuore in Rome, the Rielo Institute for Integral Development, the Agenzia di Ricerche e Legislazione (AREL), the University of Cuenca (Ecuador), the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Messico) and the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador.

Admission is free, but registration is required at

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The Spanish politician Rocío López visits the idente mission of Yaounde and gives the conference “The Christians in public life”

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On Sunday December 23, at the Catholic University Center of the S. Peter and S. Paul Parish Soa, a conference was held with the Doctor of Law, Miss Rocío López González, deputy of the Spanish Congress of Deputies in the X Legislature, she was the former Director of the Foundation in the Spanish Ministry of Justice; “Pluralism and Religions”, and she was in a private visit in Yaoundé. The assistants were students in the faculties of Law, Economics and Political Science of the University of Yaoundé II Soa.

The theme was, “The Christian in public life and ethics in politics.” She pointed out four important points:

  1. Honesty, a sense of responsibility and above all, the effective use of public funds.
  2. Special sensitivity towards the most disadvantaged when making decisions, saving measures, etc.
  3. Defend life, family, human dignity.

The ideology of gender, relativism,… are based on false anthropologies that start from the denial of God.

It has been demonstrated that the family constitutes a means of protection against poverty, hence the importance of its defense.

  1. Know how to defend the Christian principles even if it is against positions of your own party.

It is fundamental to respect human dignity and the common good.

He remembered St Thomas Moro, patron of politicians, an example of fidelity to Christian principles, with the price of his political career and his life.

The participants asked some questions and the speaker answered and shared personal experiences, indicating the importance of Sunday Mass and prayer for their personal and professional life. She encouraged participation in the World Youth Parliament proposed by Fernando Rielo, as a means of expression and dialogue.

The young people received the touch of hope with respect to ethics in politics, they felt honored with this visit. We thank Rocío for this testimony.

An Interdisciplinary Approach and a Metaphysics with a living face: Major Themes at the Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics

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The need to reinforce interdisciplinary metaphysical thought and a “metaphysics with a living face” which will respond to the problems of the human person, without dogmatism or radicalism, appeared among the conclusions articulated by the president of the Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics, Rev. Jesús Fernández Hernández, at the closing session on October 27. The event brought together two hundred scholars and thinkers from thirty countries at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain, October 24-27, 2018.

In the opening address, Professor Jesús Conill of the University of Valencia, Spain stressed that philosophy had once again focused on human nature and the need for an enriched, updated concept of personhood superseding the interpretations proceeding from both traditionalism and scientism. This topic resurfaced at the Round Table on “Metaphysics and the Person,” where University of Valencia Professor Agustín Domingo Moratalla brought out the significance of the notion of the person for an adequate theory of justice and as a basis for bioethics and applied ethics in general. Professor Juana Sánchez-Gey of the Autonomous University of Madrid set forth Fernando Rielo’s vision of the person as “someone with awareness of Someone” who defines personhood and endows it with a spirit capable of union and commitment to the highest values.

At the Round Table on “Metaphysics, Science, and Therapy,” César Nombela, Professor of Microbiology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Honorary Rector of the Menéndez Pelayo International University, considered the search for truth as an ethical imperative for scientists which necessarily opens them to mystery. Julio Martínez, Rector of the Comillas Pontifical University commented on the twofold trajectory of moving through and beyond disciplines by way of the horizontal relation sciences-society and the philosophical-theological heights and depths of sciences open to ultimate reality. Similarly, Mauro Mantovani, Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, affirmed that a multidisciplinary approach is a “weak” form of collaboration among sciences and that a transdisciplinary focus is an educational task in order to grasp that metaphysics is not an alternative to anthropology (Fides et Ratio, 83).

Regarding the relation between metaphysics and culture, Ángel Galindo, former Rector of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, lamented the current separation between ethics and aesthetics and stated that art and ethics are not neutral, for they convey a sense of the meaning of existence. Ricardo Piñero of the University of Navarra, Spain set forth the metaphysical values of the Christ of Velázquez and of Don Quijote, in terms of his reading of Unamuno and Rielo. The two creations are more than works of art, but permit a true encounter with the very humanity of Christ, bringing us to feel his presence and powerful reality.

In the closing address, José María López Sevillano, President of the Idente School, advocated a metaphysics involving a living face and personal commitment, wherein the absolute model, proposed by Fernando Rielo, is the genetic conception of the principle of relation—i.e., the Most Holy Trinity revealed by Christ, in whom all Truth, Methodology, and Life is manifest. From this point of departure we can arrive at a well-formed vision of reality in dialogue with every culture, mentality, science, art, or religion. For Rielo, Christ is the metaphysician par excellence.

In addition, other main speakers from France, Germany, and Argentina dealt with varied facets of the relation between metaphysics and theology and between metaphysics and education. Many papers were also presented by the other participants in the Conference—nearly two hundred in all—on topics related to the seven major areas of thought and culture included in the program.

Conference President Jesús Fernández announced that the Eighth World Conference on Metaphysics will be held at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in 2021 under the auspices of the Fernando Rielo Chair, which had been created there.

Thirty Countries Will Be Represented at the 7th World Conference on Metaphysics at Salamanca, October 24-27

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Nearly two hundred professors and scholars proceeding from thirty countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia have confirmed their attendance at the Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics, to be held at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain, October 24-27, 2018. The event is organized by the Fernando Rielo Chair at the host university, the Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca, la Fundación Idente de Estudios e Investigación, and the Fernando Rielo Foundation.

On this occasion, the Conference will focus on the role of metaphysics in grounding and integrating physical, biological, and social sciences in their human applications; reflect on medicine, law, economics, and the arts; consider the requisites for peaceful relations among peoples and religious traditions; and seek a model which can interpret human personhood, with its scientific, social, and juridical implications. To this end, the Conference has been structured into seven major areas: science, culture, person, theology, religions, education, and therapy.

The Opening Address will be delivered by Jesús Conill Sancho, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Valencia, Spain, and the Closing Address, by José María López Sevillano, President of the Idente School. The Main Speakers will take part in five Round Tables, which will include talks by Spaniards César Nombela Cano, Professor of Microbiology and Honorary Rector of the Menéndez Pelayo International University; Julio Martínez, Rector of the Comillas Pontifical University; Graciano González, Professor of Ethics at the Complutense University, Madrid; Ricardo Piñero, Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Navarra, Spain; and Agustín Domingo Moratalla, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Valencia, among others. Marie Jeanne Coutagne of the Catholic University of Lyon, France; Mauro Mantovani, Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome; Peter Schallenberg of the Paderborn Theological Faculty, Germany; and Elena Lugo of the Fr. José Kentenich Bioethics Commission in Argentina will be among the Main Speakers from other countries.

The Conference will also include ten simultaneous sessions at which nearly two hundred papers by academicians from all over the world will be presented.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, October 26, a concert entitled Six Centuries of Sacred Music will take place—performed by the Koiné Ensemble, accompanied by Brais García Maceiras on the organ and directed by Maestro Ignacio Yepes—in the Royal Chapel of St. Jerome at the University of Salamanca, a historic building among the Escuelas Mayores, 19 Libreros Street. This cultural event, organized for the Conference, also ties in with the ceremonies commemorating the Eighth Centennial of the University of Salamanca.

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Study and prayer days in Barcelona

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During the past year in the delegation of Barcelona, monthly meetings of Study and Prayer Days have taken place. These Days began three years ago, under the desire of a group of university students, to deepen together in study and prayer.

Moved by the words of Pope Francis: “Your intellectual commitment, in teaching and in research, in study and in the broadest formation, will be all the more fruitful and effective, the more animated it is by love for Christ and for the Church, the more solid and harmonious is the relationship between study and prayer. This is not something old, this is the center “[1]. And moved by the own charism of the Idente Missionaries, that promote the study as a particular way of prayer, we started these Days that have allowed the participation of students in congresses, the writing of articles in the field of psychoetics and the organization of academic events.

Methodical, systemic, selfless and serene study in a state of prayer, with the assistance of God, becomes vision and authentic creativity. In this state we are able to penetrate the Truth and offer solutions to so many difficulties and problems of our society. With this foundation, last year we finished the first cycle of the this Days of Study and Prayer, under the framework theme “Wound, transfiguration and grace”. We investigated and deepened the consequences of our own effective wounds (distrust, shame and guilt) in the integral development, and analyzed the restorative potential of the spiritual life.
During one of the days we were visited by Eleanna Guglielmi, president of the Universal Youth Parliament, who explained at the Universitat Abat Oliba CEU the next meeting of the PUJ in Salamanca, during July 2019.

The Days were closed on July 1, with the visit of the Superior of Castilla Province, Lourdes Grosso, who encouraged us to continue with this project.

[1] Discourse of the Holy Father Francisco to the community of the Pontifical Gregorian University and to the members of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and Pontifical Oriental Institute, on April 10, 2014.

Mystic and Peace course at the UIMP Valencia (Spain) from September 19 to 21

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From September 19 to 21, 2018 the Mystic and Peace course, sponsored by the Fernando Rielo Foundation and the Idente Foundation for Studies and Research, will take place at the Menéndez Pelayo International University, headquarters of Valencia (Spain).

Among the speakers are professors Agustín Domingo Moratalla, Director of the UIMP in Valencia; Juana Sánchez-Gey, from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Autonomous University of Madrid and director of the course; José Luis Guinot Rodríguez, Clinical Head of Radiotherapeutic Oncology of the Valencian Oncology Institute Foundation; Vicente Botella Cubells, Dean President of the Faculty of Theology San Vicente Ferrer of Valencia and José María López Sevillano, President of the Idente School. From the artistic world we will count with the painter Antonio Camaró.

Mysticism is not an abstraction, but must be embodied in the life of the human person and in all the dimensions in which it develops as such. From its very constitution; its transcendent dimension; its relational dimension; its vital commitment, which encompasses an integral health, a need for training, a social commitment, an ecological commitment and creative and scientific development, etc. In all these dimensions of the human person there are many areas to develop that require having very clear the foundations on which we are based and a serious approach to the great questions that the human being asked himself.

All this together with the conviction of Fernando Rielo about the value of a transcendent culture to achieve the fruit of peace: “I have the conviction that only the path of culture can lead, nourished by a renewed moral elevation, to a creative peace; fruit of this, a clearer revelation about our wonderful destiny. Human beings are temporarily in space, but we are not citizens of space: our origin is celestial. “(Speech by Fernando Rielo during the presentation of the V World Prize for Mystical Poetry in 1985 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris)

The meeting is aimed at professors, doctoral students, master students, university students of the various disciplines that are addressed and people in general interested in the areas of humanities, philosophy, spirituality, pedagogy, psychiatry, science and arts.

The UIMP courses in Valencia are validated by free choice credits at various universities in the Valencian Community. You can consult with the University of origin the number of credits granted.

All the information can be found on the website of the Fernando Rielo Foundation ( or by contacting the secretary of the course directly: Dra. Ascensión Escamilla, 669174868. In the following link is found the complete program of the course.

Mística y paz. UIMP Valencia 2018

Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics at Salamanca, October 24-27

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The Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics will be held at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain, October 24-27, 2018.

This event which has taken place every three years since 2000, provides a forum for contemporary reflection on grounding the major spheres of thought and action and is open to varied disciplines.

Clearly, philosophers play a key role in assessing and critically analyzing this endeavor, but all fields of study are asked to make their contributions, especially—but not exclusively—regarding a foundational grasp of their objects and methods, which quite certainly presuppose an underlying connection with a broader vision.

In keeping with the wide-ranging approach which has guided previous editions of the Conference—in a spirit of pursuing unity in diversity—we shall consider the impact of conceptions of ultimate reality on culture/worldviews, aesthetics/the arts, knowledge/epistemology, empirical sciences, health/therapy, understanding of personhood, education, and religions/theology in an effort to formulate the interplay between the formal and transcendental dimensions of human experience and work towards a valid, inclusive model.

In addition to those professionally engaged in teaching and research, students are also welcome and will receive a substantial discount on the registration fee.

Send abstracts (limit: 200 words) by August 15, 2018 through the

We shall respond promptly to proposals for topics so that you may proceed to register. All queries may be sent to

As always, we are expecting thinkers from around the globe and look forward to a stimulating event where people from different backgrounds can fruitfully share their insights, as in preceding years, and also enjoy a visit to Salamanca, Spain, a beautiful landmark in world culture.

Inauguration of the master’s degree in Global Health and Migration in Rome, from the Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca, Caritas Roma and RIID

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With a large number of registered students, on January 30, the Master’s Degree in Global Health and Migration was officially opened, which is actually the sixth edition of the Master’s Degree in Marginalization, Migration and Poverty Medicine, organized by the Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca and Caritas Roma since the nineties. This first week was held in the theater of the Casa Famiglia Villa Glori, in Rome. The program, a pioneer in Italy, is aimed mainly at doctors and nurses, and has surpassed expectations, because it has reached almost sixty participants from fourteen Italian provinces. After a few years of not being convened, the good reception that this edition has had demonstrates the need for training in this field, which was already known by the many people who have requested information in recent years.

Caritas Roma Director, Monsignor Enrico Feroci, spoke at the inauguration, emphasizing that “knowing, studying and sharing one’s experience and helping to understand problems is the pedagogy of charity. A pastoral style that is the basis of the Caritas act and from which the experience of this master was born”. Then Enrico Bayo intervened, on behalf of the Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca, who welcomed all the participants. This round of initial greetings concluded by Luján González, also on behalf of the Fondazione Idente and the Rielo Institute for Integral Development, underlining the importance of this training initiative to serve so many migrant and refugee population, for whom the health service is not guaranteed and remembering Fernando Rielo, promoter of these entities and this line of training, research and health care, which began with the creation of the Poliambulatorio de Roma, together with Caritas, in 1983.

Representatives of the Pontifical Dicastery for Integral Human Development and the International Organization for Migration also took part in this opening ceremony. It was followed by a session on “Global health, social determinants and inequality: meaning and experiences” in which several doctors from the Public Health Institute of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) intervened, as well as the presentation on “Immigration policies in Italy: news and prospective “, by Oliviero Forti, of Caritas Italia.

The whole day and in-person week is being coordinated by Salvatore Geraci, responsible for the health area of Caritas Roma, in a very pleasant and familiar atmosphere in which we can perceive the sensibility and receptivity of the participants to acquire vision and technical tools to assume responsibilities and projects, in the wide field of health care for the most vulnerable population.

The master’s degree is developed blended in four face-to-face weeks throughout 2018 with the following calendar and themes:

Lesson Schedule

1st week: Rome, January 29 – February 2, 2018 “The health of immigrants: protection and critical areas”

2nd week: Rome, March 19 – 23, 2018 “The principles of global health, social determinants and inequalities” Focus: the health of Roma, Sinti and Camelists

3rd week: Bologna, 2 – 6 July 2018 “Politics, Anthropology and Human Sciences for Health” Focus: Ethics and Solidarity

4th week: Rome, 24-28 September 2018 “The health of asylum seekers and refugees: safeguards and critical areas” Focus: invisible wounds