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.



Streaming of the conferences

Jakob Speigl † (1933-2023)

Prof. Dr Jakob Speigl passed away on 27 November 2023 in Sinzing (Regensburg district) at the age of 90. Speigl was Professor of Ancient Church History, Patrology and Christian Archaeology at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Würzburg from 1972 to 2001. He was a member of the group of authors since the beginning of the research project on the History of Councils and took part in several conferences of the Society for History Research of Councils (here is a picture of the young professor at the symposium in Thessaloniki - front row, second from left).     
Click here for the obituary of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Würzburg. R.I.P.

New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Conference about the decree "Inter Mirifica" of Vatican II

4 December 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of "Inter Mirifica", the decree of the Second Vatican Council on the means of social communication. This document initiated the universal church's modern and systematic reflection on communication. The Roman Universities Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Pontificia Università Lateranense and Università Pontificia Salesiana have organised a joint conference from 7 - 9 November to mark the occasion. Here is the programme with further details.

Simposium about Nicaea (325) - Council of Ecumenism?

Nizäa (325) – Konzil der Ökumene?

Die Rezeption der „Großen Synode“ in Geschichte und Gegenwart

Symposion, Bamberg, 25.–26. September 2023


The Programme

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto appointed Cardinal

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, an internationally renowned expert on Vatican II whom he personally holds in high esteem and whom he even considers the "più̀ grande ermeneuta del Concilio", as a cardinal in the consistory of 30 September. In addition to his long career as a Vatican diplomat, the 83-year-old cardinal has been intensively involved in the reception of Vatican II and has always spoken out trenchantly in numerous publications, advocating an interpretation that Pope Benedict XVI. in his famous address to the Curia of 22 December 2005 expressed, that a "hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture must be contrasted with a hermeneutic of reform, of the renewal of the Church as a subject, which the Lord has given us, while preserving continuity". Marchetto is deeply committed to the 'Konziliengeschichte' project and has repeatedly presented papers at the Society for the Study of Conciliar History conferences since 2000. Most recently, in 2018, he spoke on "La minoranza al Vaticano II (1962-1965) secondo il 'Diario' del suo Segretario Generale, Pericle Felici" at the simposio "Council and Minority"  held at the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce and Campo Santo Teutonico.