Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Unfinished Debates on Faith, Culture and Politics


Location: Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

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Join the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, the Ratzinger Foundation, and the Benedict XVI Institute for the first installment in a series of events examining “Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Unfinished Debates on Faith, Culture, and Politics,” to be held November 29, 2023, at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

The intellectual legacy of Pope Benedict XVI continues to animate discussions spanning the foundation of human rights and the nature of law to the relationship between faith and reason. To further explore the intergenerational conversation surrounding Pope Benedict’s crucial interventions on these topics, both emeritus and emerging scholars from around the world will engage six of the most influential addresses delivered by Pope Benedict during the course of his papacy.

The series will launch on November 29 with a presentation by Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of Law, emerita, at Harvard University, on the impact of Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 speech to the United Nations. Professors Jean-Pierre Schouppe (Pontifical University of Santa Croce) and Laurent Trigeaud (Université de Paris Panthéon-Assas) will offer responses to Professor Glendon’s remarks.

Participants in the Benedict XVI Legacy Conference are also invited to take part in the ceremony awarding the 2023 Ratzinger Prize on November 30, 2023, at the Apostolic Palace in Rome. Professors Francesc Torralba Roselló and Pablo Blanco Sarto, winners of the 2023 Ratzinger Prize, will speak on “The Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger Benedict XVI.”

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