International Symposion: 100 Years since the Concilium Sinense: Between History and the Present

Centenary of the Council of Shanghai 1924, Pontifical Urbaniana University, 21. Mai 2024

Shanghai, 15 May 1924: The first council of the Catholic Church in China begins in the Cathedral of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The participants are bishops, vicars general, religious and priests, most of whom were born in distant lands and came to China as missionaries. They came together with the mission of revitalising apostolic work on Chinese soil in the light of Maximum Illud, Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter of 1919, to reaffirm that faith in Christ is not alien to any people - ‘it is not alien to any nation’ - and that in no place on earth is becoming a Christian tantamount to ‘placing oneself under the protection and power of another country and withdrawing from one's own law’. The Shanghai Council has issued detailed regulations to promote and accompany the growth of an indigenous clergy. Chinese bishops and priests were to be entrusted with the leadership of the local church. The council decrees laid down concrete measures to counteract the colonial mentality that had also penetrated church practice. One of the many current signs of this council was the call to promote diocesan synods, meetings and assemblies of priests, religious and women and to support the emergence of lay-led associations. 100 years later, the synodal experience of the Concilium Sinense is increasingly proving to be a key point in the unprecedented journey of the Catholic Church in China today. And even today it offers fruitful insights for all those interested in the present and future of apostolic work in the world (from the conference programme).

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Nicea in the Theology of Benedict XVI

Towards the 1700th Anniversary of the Council of Nicaea (325)

St Mary's University Twickenham London is organising a conference on 11 May 2024 in view of the upcoming Council Anniversary 2025 entitled: Towards the 1700th Anniversary of the Council of Nicaea (325) - The Council and its Creed in the Theology of Benedict XVI.
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In Memoriam Michele Miele OP (1931-2021)

The Review "Campania Sacra", of which Michele Miele was director from 2006 to 2020, has dedicated volume 54 (2023) to the Dominican historian who died on 8 December 2021. Gerardo Imbrano: "Michele Miele: La Vita e gli scritti" sketches the life of the friar and historian on pages 7-48 (pages 15-48 contain Miele's extensive list of writings). Miele has distinguished himself through numerous studies on the history of the Dominican Order, the history of the Church in modern times and the history of councils in southern Italy. He was associated with the "Konzililiengeschichte" project through his frequent participation in conferences, the volume "Die Provinzialkonzilien Süditaliens in der Neuzeit", published in 1996 (in italian: I concili provinciali del Mezzogiorno in età moderna, 2001) , as well as essays and reviews in the journal "Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum".

Ceremony for the 70th Birthday of Johannes Grohe

Presentation of the Festschrift "Synodalis consonantia"

On 9 March 2024, in the fully occupied Aula Minor of the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome (here foto gallery 1 and fotogallery 2 and a videoclip), a commemorative publication in honour of Johannes Grohe was presented to him on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

The volume, entitled "Synodalis consonantia. Konziliengeschichte als Spiegelbild kirchlicher Diskussionskultur und Identitätsfindung", published by Aschendorff-Verlag Münster (, contains 40 contributions from the field of council history from the early church, the Middle Ages and modern times (⟶ table of contents). They were written by colleagues, friends and companions of the jubilarian, recognised experts in the study of the history of the councils. The commemorative publication was edited by Filippo Forlani/Rome, Ansgar Frenken/Ulm and Thomas Prügl/Vienna. The 773-page volume, which is thematically and thematically self-contained, thus represents a cross-section of current research into the history of councils, which "deliberately does not limit itself to individual epochs, regions and topics ... focuses on the synodal life of the church in its comprehensive historical realisation", according to the editors.

At the ceremony, Petar Vrankić, Vice President of the Gesellschaft für Konziliengeschichtsforschung e.V., Prof Stefan Heid, Director of the Roman Institute of the Görresgesellschaft and representatives of the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce paid tribute to the jubilarian for his multifaceted commitment in the service of conciliar history and academic life in Rome. Ansgar Frenken then spoke about Johannes Grohe's contribution to the study of late medieval council life, before Thomas Prügl presented the commemorative publication. Finally, Filippo Forlani interviewed the jubilarian and had him retrace important stages of his life and his academic career. Festive music (Mozart Divertimenti; Dvorčak, Miniature op. 75) provided a festive setting for the event. The subsequent champagne reception provided ample opportunity to discuss Johannes Grohe's human qualities and to congratulate him.

Le molte vie per Nicea. Nicea tra Oriente e Occidente. Bari, 11 aprile 2024

Conference of the Facoltà Teologica Pugliese

The anniversary of the Council of Nicea (325) offers many ways to deepen and develop the reflections of that time. The Le molte vie per Nicea initiative is trying to explore them together and promote cooperation between various state and church institutions that want to explore the topic in greater depth in view of the upcoming anniversary in 2025.

The conference of the Facoltà Teologica Pugliese will attempt to discuss the difference between Eastern and Western understanding of the Nicene symbol and the "ecumenical" efforts to bridge it.



Nicea andata e ritorno. Traiettorie di un Concilio. Treviso, 14 ottobre 2023

Conference of the Facoltà Teologica del Triveneto

On Saturday, 14 October 2023, the annual conference of the Faculty of Theology of Triveneto for the academic year 2023/2024 took place, entitled Nicea andata e ritorno. Traiettorie di un Concilio. The conference, organised by the lecturers of the Patristics Section, was part of the efforts to commemorate the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicea (325-2025), the first ecumenical event in the history of Christianity from which a common creed emerged.
The lectures dealt with a number of issues related to the communication and reception of the Nicene symbol, with a particular focus on authors and areas around Aquileia.



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