After the greetings of Julio Jairo Ceballos Sepúlveda, rector of the Bolivarian Pontifical University, the programme includes the relations of the archbishop of Medellin Ricardo Tobón Restrepo on the theme “Respect for life: the way to peace”; the Dominican archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, on “The Church and the love for life”; Msgr. Luis Romera Oñate, magnificent rector of the Pontifical University of Santa Cruz and President of the Conference of Rectors of the Pontifical Universities of Rome, on the anthropological aspects of a culture of peace; the archbishop Ettore Balestrero, apostolic nuncio in Colombia, on the social and political situation in Latin America; Msgr. Elkin Fernando Álvarez Botero, auxiliary bishop of Medellin, on the encyclical “Deus caritas est”; Christian Schaller, awarded with the Ratzinger Prize in 2013; Fr. Mariusz Kucinski, head of the Study Centre Ratzinger-Benedict XVI of Bydgoszcz; Cesar Mauricio Velásquez, member of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission of the Colombian Catholic Church.
Among the participants, there were: the ex president of Colombia Belisario Betancur (in the picture on the left), Msgr. Edgar Aristizábal Quintero, auxiliary bishop of Medellin, Msgr. Luis Fernando Rodríguez Velásquez, auxiliary bishop of Cali, Professor Roman Czakowski, president of the University Kujawy Pomorze of Bydgoszcz.
They will discuss on three different themes: “Socio economic reflections on the way to peace from respect for life”, “Man: an anthropological reflection by Ratzinger” and “Challenges for the development of the civilization of life: John Paul, Benedict XVI and Francis”.