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Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church

20 October 2017 - 22 October 2017 (Save to calendar)

Pontificia Università Urbaniana

Friday, October 20, 2017


14:00   Arrival and Welcome


15:30   Opening prayer (led by the Fede e Luce Community)


15:45   The Profession of Faith: “To believe” - One’s response to God who reveals Himself

Archbishop Rino Fisichella

President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization


16:30   Life in Christ: The person made in the image of God

Stefano ToschiAssociation “Beati noi” (Bologna, Italy)

Pia MatthewsLecturer, St. Mary’s University (London, England)


17:30   Break


18.00 The protection of persons with disabilities

Sheila HollinsPontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors


18:15   Presentation and the opening of the exhibition on the accessibility of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pastoral and catechetical tools for the inclusion of persons with disabilities.



Saturday, October 21, 2017


9:00     Opening prayer (led by the European Deaf Community)


9:15     The celebration of the Christian mystery: Sacraments as precious occasions for catechesis

Miguel RomeroProfessor, Salve Regina University (Rhode Island, U.S.)

Bishop Peter A. ComensoliBishop of Broken Bay (Australia)


10:15   Break and move to the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace


12:00 Audience with Pope Francis


13:30   Lunch


15:00   Prayer (led by those with Autism)


15:15   The celebration of the Christian mystery: Experiences of catechesis

Isabel de la TasteService National de la Catéchèse et du Catéchuménat Déléguée aux Pédagogies de Catéchèse pour le Handicap (Episcopal Conference of France)

Mary O’MearaExecutive Director of the Department of Special Needs Ministries, Archdiocese of Washington (U.S.)

Fr. Giuseppe Fabrini and Fiorenza Pestelli, Parish of Santa Maria di Loreto (together with those with disabilities from the Archdiocese of Pesaro - Italy)


16:15   Christian Prayer: The religious dimension

Fr. Diego PancaldoProfessor, Italia Centrale, Moderator of the Association Maria Madre Nostra (together with those with intellectual disabilities from the Diocese of Pistoia - Italy)

Fr. Michael Depcik, OSFSDirector of the Catholic Deaf Community, Archdiocese of Detroit (U.S.)


17:15   Break


17:45   Christian Prayer: Experiences of catechesis

Petites Soeurs disciples de l’agneau: Contemplative Community of Religious Sisters with Sisters with and without Down’s syndrome (Le Blanc, France)

Cristina Gangemi, Kairos Forum, Director, Expert in the Field of Disability (England)

Fr. Gabriele Pipinato, Diocese of Padova, Founder of the Saint Martin Catholic Social Apostolate of Talitha-Kum and the L’Arche Community of Nyahururu (Kenya)

Anne Dewulf, Community of S. Egidio (Belgium)


19:00   Catechesis and persons with disabilities: conclusions and perspectives



Sunday, October 22, 2017


10:30   Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica


12:00 Angelus Prayer in St. Peter’s Square

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