Online-Seminar

“You are all brothers”

Political and religious implications of Pope Francis‘ visit to Iraq

Following the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein and the Islamic State’s reign of terror, 1.5 million Christians have left Iraq. In Qaraqosh, once Iraq’s largest Christian city, Pope Francis pursued his “pastoral visit”, delivering a speech before the Angelus prayer to remember the violence of the IS and to give hope to Christians in the country.

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Ankündigung der Veranstaltung

On the same Church Square in Mosul, where seven years ago the terrorist organisation "Islamic State" (IS) proclaimed its caliphate, Pope Francis was received on his journey to Iraq. That historic visit was not only dedicated to the Christians living in the war-torn and fragile country, but also to all three monotheistic religions. The first visit of a Pope to the original homeland of Abraham is officially themed “Siete tutti fratelli” (“You are all brothers”) – in reference to his Encyclical of 2020 and the document on Human Fraternity of 2019 that the Pope and Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb, a representative of Sunni Islam, jointly presented in Abu Dhabi.


Following the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein and the Islamic State’s reign of terror, 1.5 million Christians have left Iraq. In Qaraqosh, once Iraq’s largest Christian city, Pope Francis pursued his “pastoral visit”, delivering a speech before the Angelus prayer to remember the violence of the IS and to give hope to Christians in the country. With the visit to the Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, the risky mission amidst the pandemic and security conditions is probably also one of the Pope's most important journeys so far.


We would like to take the Pope’s visit to Iraq and its political implications for the Middle East and Europe, as well as the symbolic power of the interreligious dialogue as an opportunity to invite you to our online event with Secretary General of the KAS Michael Thielen, Bishop Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck, Father Jens Petzold and Stefan von Kempis on March 15 at 18 h (CET).

Programm

18:00                    Welcoming remarks

 

                               Michael Thielen

                               Secretary General

                               Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

 

18.05                    Inputs

 

                               Bishop Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck

                               Vice-President of the Commission of the

                               Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union

                               COMECE

                              

                               Father Jens Petzold

                               Monastery of the Virgin Mary

                               Deir Maryam al-Adhrain Sulaymaniyah

               

                               Stefan von Kempis 

                               Head of the German-speaking department

                               Vatican News

 

18.45                    Panel discussion moderated by 

 

                               Patricia Ehret

                               Advisor, Churches and Religious communities

                               Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

 

19.25                   Closing remarks

                              

                               Dr. Nino Galetti

                               Director Foreign Office Italy and Holy See

                               Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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Veranstaltungsort

Online-Veranstaltung via Zoom

Referenten

  • Michael Thielen
    • Secretary General of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Bishop Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck
    • Vice President of the COMECE
  • Father Jens Petzold
    • Monastery of the Virgin Mary in Sulaymaniyah
  • Stefan von Kempis
    • Head of the German-speaking department of Vatican News
  • Nino Galetti
    • Director of the KAS-office Italy
  • Moderation by Patricia Ehret
    • Advisor
    • Churches and Religious communities
    • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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