An Open Day online and entirely dedicated to theological studies is the one scheduled for Tuesday 28 March at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute.
From 2 to 4 p.m. (CEST) the academic offer of the Institute will be presented in special virtual classrooms, with particular emphasis on the two theological programmes: the Canonical Licentiate in Theology of Marriage and the Family and the Canonical Doctorate in Theology of Marriage and the Family.
Born from the insights of St. John Paul II, who conceived the original project of a specialised faculty of Theology, implanted in the various cultures, our Pontifical Institute has received a new impetus from Pope Francis following a new Synod on the family. Through the Apostolic Letter Summa familiae cura of 2017, we were entrusted with the mission of practising theology in dialogue with the other sciences, to enable the local Churches to better accompany families, especially those suffering from wounds, and to accompany them by ensuring that the resources of their cultures, renewed by the light of the Gospel, are enhanced.
“In daily contacts with students arriving to Rome from over 40 countries, and with the academic authorities of our 10 associated sections and centres – explains Philippe Bordeyne, president of p2 – I can see the fruitfulness of this orientation”.
“In the audience granted to the Institute on 24 October 2022, Pope Francis touched the hearts and minds of our students by inviting them to study not only the conjugal dynamics of marriage, but also the love that develops between siblings, between generations, in the extended family and in relationships of social proximity. In doing so, he has encouraged them to write theses and dissertations that start from the concrete and stimulate actions: “the intelligence of the hands” as the Pope himself recently reminded students at the pontifical Roman universities”.
“This Latin American approach reaches Africa and Asia, where the extended family supports people in the vicissitudes of life. It also offers new perspectives to Western churches. Taking seriously the competences of families to build more fraternal societies is a response to the urgent needs our time, as Francis expresses them in his two social encyclicals, Laudato si’ and Fratelli tutti. All this makes our Institute a special place where lay people, priests and religious, from very different geographical backgrounds are welcomed and accompanied with care and dedication to discover the beauty and complexity of all areas of family reality and its decisive role within human society”.