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Thursday 7 March 2024


8.00 Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, presided over by H.E. Msgr. Fabio Fabene, Secretary of the Dicastery for the Causes of the Saints

Audience of participants with Pope Francis
Intervention of the Holy Father


15.00 Opening session and institutional greetings

15.20 1st panel: Dignity, dialogue and peace

St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947): My true patron

Sister Maria Carla Frison, Director of Bakhita’s Archives, Schio (Italy) 

Venerable Magdeleine de Jesus (1898-1989): A love of friendship

Little Sister Paola Francesca, Charged for the Cause of canonization, Rome

Moderator: Prof. Lorella Congiunti, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome

16.15 Break

16.30 2nd panel: The Charity of education

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821): Be children of the Church

Prof. Susan Timoney, Catholic University of America, Washington

St. Mary Mackillop (1842-1909): Believing in the power of the Spirit of love

Prof. Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus

Moderator: Prof. Silvia Mas, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome


17.30 3rd panel: The Charity of Prayer

St. Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena (1874-1949): From prayer to mission

Prof. Luis Martinez Ferrer, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

St. Catherine Tekakwitha (1656-1680): My happiness for life

Prof. Melissa Miscevic Bramble, Director Operations, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site, USA

Moderator: Prof. Anita Cadavid, Institute for Higher Studies on Women, Pontifical Athenaeum, Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome, Italy Regina Apostolorum, Roma


Friday 8 March of 2024


9.00 Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican, presided over by H.E. Msgr. Rino Fisichella, Pro-Prefect of the Section for Fundamental Questions of Evangelisation in the World, Dicastery for Evangelisation


15.00 Initial greetings

15.15 4th panel: A compassionate heart

St Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997): Quenching the thirst for Jesus

Prof. María Mercedes Montalvo García, Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum, Rome 

St. Rebecca (Rafqa Ar-Rayès) (1832-1914): Identifying with the Passion of Christ

H.E.R.Mgr. Rafic Warcha, Maronite Patriarchal Vicar, Rome

Moderator: Prof. Christof Betschart, President Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum 

16.15 Break


16.30 5th panel: The fruitfulness of the gift

Blessed Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi (1884-1965): Warp and Weft

Ms. Cristina Righi, Associazione AMARLUI, by Maria e Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi

Servant of God Daphrose Mukansanga (1944-1994): The heart of the family

Prof. Jean Luc Moens, Professor and biographer, Belgium

Moderator: Prof. Gabriella Gambino, Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life  

17.30 Conclusions   

Prof. Cristina ReyesAcademic Vice-Rector, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome


The portraits have been created by:

Rodolfo Papa, Portraits, mixed media, made on the occasion of the Congress.

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