2nd Interview of the Mediterranean

Religions are a cause of conflict or bearers of dialogue? Or using a religious vocabulary to hide economic and geopolitical interests? The true religious pluralism is possible? Or just as long as religion is left out of the public space? What is, in this regard, the thinking of young people, disappointed by the answers offered by the adult world and the States?

These questions will try to answer the second interview of the Mediterranean, entitled “Religions, pluralism, democracy: the expectations of young people in the Mediterranean”, promoted by the Institute of Social Sciences “Nicholas Rezzara” of Vicenza, in collaboration with the University of Palermo .
The Institute of Vicenza, for fifty years engaged in the study of international problems, has created the “Chairs” for hearkens and dialogue with the Mediterranean countries (Chair of Agrigento-Palermo) and the Balkans (Chair of Bari), and build together a future of peace for the younger generation.

The event is scheduled for Thursday 15 and Friday, October 16, in the hall of Palazzo Steri Truss (Piazza Marina 61 – Palermo).

It begins on Thursday 15, at 16:00 with the greetings of the rector of the University of Palermo, Roberto Lagalla, and civil and religious authorities. Will give the inaugural Monsignor Giuseppe Dal Ferro, director of the promoter. The lecture, entitled “Religion obstacle or contribution to a democratic society?”, Will be edited by Msgr. Maroun Lahham, Bishop of Amman, Auxiliary of the Latin Patriarch, and Amer Al Hafi, Academic Advisor Jordanian Institute for Interreligious Dialogue (Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies).

Followed by speeches of: Emile Katti, doctor-surgeon, director of the Al-Rajaa of Aleppo (Syria); Abdo Badwi, Maronite Saint Esprit University USEK of Beirut (Lebanon); Imam Layachi Algerian Kamel, head of the Department of Interreligious Dialogue and training CRII (Italian Islamic Relations Council); Imen Ben Mohamed, member of the Tunisian Parliament; Omar Attia El Tabakh, vice-president and spokesman of the “National Committee on Freedom and Democracy for Egypt”, representative for Italy of the International Coalition for Egyptian Abroad (ICEGA).

The second day will be “educational”, because it will involve young people (in associations, religious or not) who, through study groups, have worked all year, to add contributions to the discussion.

At 9:00, again at Palazzo Steri, there will be the introductory lecture by Francesco Viola, University of Palermo, on “Public space of religion in a democracy.” The boys, then, will be divided into three groups, each of which will explore a theme, introduced by two voices guide. The first panel, “Religions, hopes and values for young people”, will be led by the Bishop of Mazara del Vallo, Domenico Mogavero, and journalist Italo-Syrian Asmae Dachan; the second will be dedicated to “secularism and cultural pluralism in the prospects for young people living together”, conducted by Isabel Trujillo, the University of Palermo, and the investigator Italo-Bosnian, Semso Osmanovic. Finally, “Democracy: What next? It will be the prerogative of Antonio La Spina Luiss “Guido Carli” of Rome, and Imen Ben Mohamed, member of the Tunisian Parliament. The last hour (12:30 to 13:30), the groups will come together to discuss and debate.

The project “Mediterranean Talks”, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Vicenza Rezzara Cultural Association laity in the Church and Christians in society, has the support of: University of Palermo, Msgr. Domenico Mogavero, Bishop of Mazara del Vallo, Father Arrupe Center, International Institute Toniolo ACI, Centro Italian female (Cif), Sicilian Red Cross, Caritas of Agrigento, the patronage of the International Consortium IUIES university, founded in 2000 in nine Italian universities and universities of Eastern Europe.