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Theme of the Conference
The Pontificate of Benedict XVI:
Its Premises and Promises
An Ecumenical Conference in English at the Centro Pro Unione

Few persons of the theological stature of Joseph Ratzinger have been elected Pope. His pontificate will be extremely influential for the Catholic Church and the world. But the question is in what ways.

A group of Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Reformed, and Roman Catholic ecumenical theologians have examined the question of how the life experiences and theological reflections of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger influencing the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

Their conclusions will appear in a volume entitled The Pontificate of Benedict XVI: Its Premises and Promises. Most of the contributors to this volume will be present at the conference to present their views on this question and to enter into discussion with the conference participants.

April 19 – 21, 2009

Via Santa Maria dell'Anima, 30
1st floor (Piazza Navona) - Rome
Tel. 06.687.95.52


Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Introduction to the Book, Its Concept

William Rusch

Adjunct Professor of Church History
New Theological Seminary and
Adjunct Professor of Lutheran Studies, The Divinity School, Yale University

Benedict XVI
The Ends of European Christendom and the Horizons of World Christianity

Dale T. Irvin

President and Professor of World Christianity
New York Theological Seminary

Providential Pluralism: An Ecumenical Gift
Ephraim Radner

Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Monday, April 20, 2009 – 9:30 to12:30 PM

Pope Benedict XVI, as Theologian, Philosopher of Religion, and Ecumenist

Harding Meyer

Former Director and Professor Institute for Ecumenical Research
Strasbourg, France

The Sting of Death: The Unavoidable Question and Response of Faith
Geoffrey Wainwright

Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology,The Divinity School
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Of Like Passion : A Pentecostal Appreciation of Benedict XVI
Cheryl Bridges Johns

Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation, Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee

Monday, April 20, 2009 – 3:30 to 6:30 PM

The Professor, the Prefect, and the Pope -- Joseph Ratzinger: A Reformed Appreciation

Joseph Small

Director of the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Louisville, Kentucky

Will the Ecclesiology of Cardinal Ratzinger Influence the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI?
Metropolitan Maximos (Agiorgousis)

Metropolitan of Pittsburgh


Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – 9:30 to 12:00 PM

Panel discussion of the book

John Radano

Seton Hall University, USA

Final word
William B. Eerdmans, Jr.

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