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'Courtyard of the Gentiles' to meet in Sicily, discuss law and Mafia

March 20, 2012

The Vatican will continue its “Courtyard of the Gentiles” initiative, designed to promote encounters between Christianity and secular culture, with a meeting in Palermo, Italy on March 29-30. The meeting will be organized around the theme of law in a mult-religious society.

The Pontifical Council for Culture, which is sponsoring the meeting in Palermo, notes that the Sicilian city is an appropriate venue for a discussion of law in society, because of the enduring power of the Mafia there. The Council also notes the multi-cultural challenges of a society across the Mediterranean from a renascent Arab world.

Speakers at the Palermo event will include Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue; philosopher Remi Brague; Mafia expert Salvatore Lupo; prosecutor Piero Grasso; and Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the sponsoring organization, the Pontifical Council for Culture.


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