DAY 1:

18:00 - Opening Mass Presided by H.E. Mgr. Juan José Omella Omella, Bishop of Calahorra y La Calzada - Logroño and President of the Episcopal Commission for Social Pastoral care of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference (ES)

19:00
OPENING SESSION
  • H.Em. Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Apostolic administrator of Madrid (ES)
  • H.Em. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Vice-President of CCEE (IT)
  • H.Em. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of COMECE 

The contribution of the Christian faith for the present and the future of Europe: the person (ES)
Speaker: Rev. Fr. Javier Prades López, Rector of San Dámaso Ecclesiastical University, Madrid 

21:00 - Refectory, Seminario Conciliar de Madrid Dinner

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DAY 2: 

08:00 - Breakfast (Hotels)

09:00 - Holy Mass Presided by H.Em. Card. Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and President of COMECE

10:00
FIRST SESSION - Crisis or Change? A unique opportunity? The perspective of changing of European society
Witnesses:
  • Mr. Antonis Skoullos - Managing Director of Oracle Cyprus, Hardware and Software (EN)
  • Mr. Jaime Mayor Oreja - Former Member of the European Parliament (ES)
  • Sister Débora Córdoba Cerezo - Missionaries of Charity, Madrid

10:40 - " A Social Europe?" (EN)
Speaker: H.Em. Card. Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and President of COMECE

11:30 - Coffee break

12:00 - Debate

13:30 - Lunch - Refectory, Seminario Conciliar de Madrid

16:15
SECOND SESSION - Re-thinking about economy and work in a Christian perspective

The economic crisis in Europe and its impact on families. How to overcome it? The contribution of the Social Doctrine of the Church (IT)
Speaker: Prof. Stefano Zamagni, University of Bologna (Italy)

17:15 - Debate

18:00
WORKSHOPS:

1. Immigration & Emigration (EN) (EN)
Chair: H.E. Mgr. Arrigo Miglio, Bishop of Cagliari (Italy)
Speakers: Prof. José Tomás Raga, Director General Paul VI Foundation (Spain); Jànos Józsa (Romania)
Workshop held in English

2. What future for today’s young people in Europe? (EN)
Chair: H.E. Mgr. Gianni Ambrosio, Bishops of Piacenza-Bobbio and Vice-President of COMECE
Speakers: Mr. Martin Wilde, General Secretary of the European chapter of the International Christian Union of Business Executives (UNIAPAC, Union Internationale des Associations Patronales Chretiennes) & General Secretary of the Associations of Catholic Entrepreneurs (Germany); José Fernando Almazán, President of HOAC (Spain), Representative of the European Christian Workers Movement; Piergiorgio Sciacqua, Co-President of the European Centre for Workers
Workshop with simultaneous interpretation in English, Italian and Spanish

3. Trans-generational solidarity and welfare systems in Europe 
Chair: H.E. Mgr. Youssef Soueif, Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus
Speaker: Mr. Paweł Dembiński, Director of the Observatoire de la Finance (Switzerland)
Workshop held in English

4. The culture of charity and the tradition of volunteering (ES)
Chair: S.E. Mons. Juan Antonio Martínez Camino, Auxiliary Bishop of Madrid
Speaker: Javier Menéndez Ros, National Director of Ayuda a la Iglesia Necesitada (Spain) 
Workshop held in Spanish

20:00 - Pause

20:30 - Vespers 

21:00 - Dinner

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DAY 3: 

08:00 - Breakfast (Hotels)

09:00 - Holy Mass Presided by H.Em. Card. Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and CCEE Vice-President (IT)

10:00
THIRD SESSION - The human person and the family as the basis of society and human rights

Human person as “pre-political “ foundation of human rights (EN)
Speaker: Prof. Balázs Schanda, Catholic University of Budapest (Hungary)

11:00 - Marriage and family: school of belonging and participation in the common good (EN)
Speaker: Mrs Breda O’Brien, Columnist at The Irish Times 

11:45 - Pause

12:00
WORKSHOPS:

1. Freedom and Education 
Chair: H.E. Mgr. Kęstutis Kevalas, Bishop of Kaunas (Lithuania)
Speaker: Mrs. Anne Coffinier, General Director of Foundation pour l’École (France) 
Workshop with simultaneous interpretation in English, Italian and Spanish

2. Demographic Crisis and family Policies in Europe
Chair: H.E. Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg
Speaker: Mrs. Maria Hildingsson, Secretary General of FAFCE – Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (Belgium) 
Workshop held in English

3. Human Life in the Technological Age (ES)
Chair: H.E. Mgr. Juan José Omella Omella, Bishop of Calahorra y La Calzada- Logroño (Spain)
Speaker: Prof. Antonio Pardo Caballos, University of Navarra (Spain) 
Workshop held in Spanish

14:00 - Lunch

16:00
CLOSING SESSION - “Christ is the source of Hope for Europe”

Final Synthesis
Mrs. Maria Durão, Apoio à Vida (Portugal) (IT)
Mr. Ondrej Socuvka, Central European Business and Social Initiative (Slovakia) (EN)
Conclusion
H.E. Mgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi, Archbishop of Trieste and President of the CCEE Commission Caritas in Veritate 
H.E. Mgr. Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio and Vice-President of COMECE

Free time for a visit to Madrid

20:00 - Prayer Vigil for Europe

21:30 - Dinner

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DAY 4: 

Sight-seeing visit to Madrid

12:00 - Holy Mass Presided by H.Em. Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Apostolic administrator of Madrid (ES)

14:00 - Lunch 

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