II International Congress on Catechesis

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Catechist: Witness to the Mystery

Rome, September 20-23, 2018

Paul VI Hall




Thursday, September 20


4:00 pm Opening prayer

4:15 pm Introductory Remarks (Archbishop Rino FisichellaPresident of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization)

4:45 pm Presentation: Lex credendi, lex orandi (Abbot Gregory J. Polan, OSB, Abbot Primate of the Order of St. Benedict)

5:15 pm Mystagogical catechesis on Christian initiation (Archbishop Francesco CacucciArchbishop of Bari-Bitonto, Italy)


Friday, September 21


9:00 am Prayer

9:15 am Presentation: The Mystery illuminates Christian existence (Prof. Dr. Marianne SchlosserFaculty of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna, Austria)

0:00 am Break

10:30 am Presentation: Christian initiation and kerygmatic catechesis (Mgr. Andrea LonardoDirector of the Office for Culture and Universities of the Diocese of Rome)

11:15 am Q&A session


3:30 pm In-depth thematic seminars in language groups

(English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish).

An introduction to one of the following themes, under the guide of an expert, for groups of 30-50 participants:


1.      Mystagogy – an experiential and sapiential introduction to the mystery of Christ

2.      Narrative and symbolic language

3.      Re-living the history of salvation: the liturgical year and catechesis

4.      The Day of the Lord: the foundation and nucleus of all the liturgical year (Sacrosanctum Concilium 106)

5.      Announcing eternal life: living out hope.



Saturday, September 22


9:00 am Prayer

9:15 am Presentation: The Catechumenate: a challenge for the new evangelization (Madam Claire Bernier, Diocesan delegate for the Service of Faith, Diocese of Angers, France)

10:00 am Q&A session

10:30 am Break

11:00 am Concert: “Hope” Great Choir (Turin, Italy)

11:45 am Address by Pope Francis


3:00 pm Round table: Popular piety: a form of evangelization

                 Archbishop Filippo SantoroArchbishop of Taranto, Italy

                 Bishop Sebastià Taltavull AngladaBishop of Mallorca, Spain

                 Rev. Michał Legan, OSPPE, Częstochowa, Poland

4:30 pm Break

5:00 pm Lectio divina (Rev. Fidel Oñoro, CJM,  formerly Director of the Biblical and Pastoral Center of the Episcopal Conference of Latin America – CELAM.)

5:45 pm Conclusion (Archbishop Octavio Ruiz ArenasSecretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization) DOWNLOAD


Sunday, September 23

10:30 am Celebration of Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica