Pope to Inaugurate Work of International Symposium
‘For a Fundamental Theology of the Priesthood’
Pope Francis will inaugurate the work of the International Symposium “For a fundamental theology of the priesthood”, promoted by His Eminence Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and by the Centre for Research and Anthropology of Vocations. The event will take place from 17 to 19 February in the Paul VI Hall, Vatican City.
During these three days, authoritative speakers will take turns to reflect and dialogue on the themes “Tradition and new horizons”, “Trinity, mission, sacramentality” and “Celibacy, charism, spirituality”.
The world and the Church are faced with tensions, divisions, and fragmentations that threaten peace and universal brotherhood. In this context, Pope Francis has initiated a path of synodality aimed at increasing participation, communion, and mission in the People of God.
At the invitation of Cardinal Marc Ouellet, bishops, clergy, laypeople, and religious will meet for a moment of reflection and study on the relations between ordained ministers and lay and religious members, with a view to harmonizing their contribution, which will be articulated and in line with the call to holiness address to each one.
Likewise, the initiative proposes to reawaken enthusiasm for our faith in the gift of God and to give new zeal to the promotion of vocations.
Cardinal Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, with the support of a wide international scientific committee, set up in November 2020 the Research and Anthropology Center for Vocations, independent from the Holy See.
It aims to promote and support all research in humanities about vocation in a large and open understanding within the society in a wide meaning through all kinds of lay or religious institutions.
To achieve this mission, it acts to raise awareness about each vocation’s dignity and complementarity within the civil society and to serve it. As a matter of fact, according to the Church acknowledgment, each Christ faithful are equal in dignity, even through différent and complementary paths.