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Avviso per gli studenti - Architettura e Arti per la Liturgia

Sono state pubblicate le informazioni per sostenere l'esame conclusivo dell'annualità 2020-2021.
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Notice for students – Interfaculty days

Interfaculty days scheduled for 18-19 February 2021 have been suspended.
Lessons, however, will be held as normal on the 18th and 19th.

"Virtual" Liturgy? XII International Congress of Liturgy



With reference to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy has decided to postpone the XII International Liturgy Congress scheduled for May 2021, to 20, 21 and 22 October 2021, in the hope that this will facilitate participation in person and online.

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Liturgy dissertation defences - Capobianco

Capobianco Antonio
“Mistero Sacramentale” Lettura sintetica per una Sacramentaria fondamentale ne “I Misteri del Cristianesimo” di M.J. Scheeben
Moderator: Geiger Stefan
11 February 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Course Descriptions for the second semester

TheCourse Descriptions for the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021 are online.

You can consult the complete Catalogue of the University in the documents section while the individual Course Descriptions of the cycles of each Faculty are available on their respective pages.

» Complete Catalogue

Faculty of Philosophy
» Baccalaureate
» License
» Doctorte

 Faculty of Theology
» Dogmatic and Sacramental Theology - License
» Monastic Studies - License
» Spiritual Theology - License

Pontifical Institute of Liturgy
» Propaedeutic
» Baccalaureate
» License
» Doctorate


IV meeting of the "Metaseminario lacaniano"

Metaseminario lacaniano
A series of meetings on Jacques Lacan's Seminar XIX “...or Worse” (1971-1972)
IV meeting

On Monday 8 February 2021, at 6.30 p.m., the IV meeting of the "Metaseminario lacaniano" will be held. Prof. Luca Parisoli(Professor of History of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Calabria) will present “Fonti e funzioni dell'ampliamento del concetto formale di negazione in ... Ou pire”. The meeting will be coordinated by prof. Fabrizio Palombi (second-level professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Calabria). As in previous times, the event will be broadcast live on the Metaseminario lacaniano Facebook group; participation is free upon registration to the group.

Upcoming events 

Liturgy dissertation defences

Porlucas Regulus
Mystagogy, Eucharist and Youth. A Dialogue between Romano Guardini’s Pedagogy and Salesian Youth Ministry in the Philippine Context
Moderator: Geiger Stefan
04 February 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Fernando Rivas OSB is the new Vice-Rector

Grand Chancellor and Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan OSB, after consulting with the members of the Academic Senate, on 4 February 2021 appointed prof. Fernando Rivas OSB, who is currently dean of the Faculty of Theology.
We extend our best wishes to the new Vice-Rector for his new post. 

Philippe Rouillard OSB


On 1st January 2021, Professor Philippe Rouillard OSB (1926-2021), a monk and priest of the Abbey of Saint-Paul de Wisques, passed away.
Professor Rouillard received his Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo in 1958 and from 1972 to 2002 he was a professor at the Faculty of Theology.
He has been Professor of Sacramental Theology since 1988 and was also Director of the Studia Anselmiana series.
We pray for the deceased and for his community. 

Vincent Tobin OSB


Prof. Vincent Tobin OSB (1933-2020), monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Abbey (St. Meinrad, IN) died on 22 December 2020.
P. Tobin resided for almost twenty years at Saint Anselm's (from 1986 to 2005) serving as General Secretary. He also taught Latin and Greek at the Athenaeum.
As we remember him with gratitude, we pray for him and his community.  

Scholarship for the Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy


The Pontifical Athenaeum St. Anselmo awards a scholarship for the academic year 2021-2022 to a candidate from a developing nation.  The requests must reach the Rector Magnifico by January 31, 2021.

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Liturgy dissertation defences

Manuela Luna Aguilar
Vigilia Dominicae. La celebración de la Vigilia del Domingo en la Liturgia de Las Horas. Estudio de algunos esquemas en el Rito Romano
Moderator: Muroni Pietro Angelo
28 January 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Mgr Robert Mogapi Mphiwe

On 25 November 2020, the Holy Father appointed Mgr Robert Mogapi Mphiwe, until now Vicar General, Bishop of the Diocese of Rustenburg (South Africa).
Mgr Robert Mogapi Mphiwe, born on 14 March 1972, received his Licentiate in Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome.
We wish H.E. Mogapi Mphiwe all the best on his appointment.

Exam booking

From 14 January, bookings for examinations are now open.
The deadline was extended to 24 January.
Some exams may be missing, so students are invited to check by the hour.

CRUIPRO interinstitutional agreement

link to the CRUIPRO websiteStarting from the second semester of the academic year 2020/2021, the Interinstitutional Agreement of the Conference of Rectors of Roman Universities and Pontifical Institutions (CRUIPRO) will be active, aimed at encouraging, at no additional cost, the mobility of students within the Roman ecclesiastical university system. The agreement was signed on 7 December 2020, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium.

Thanks to this agreement, ordinary students enrolled in one of the Roman universities and pontifical institutions will be able to attend a course in one of the other signatory institutions, subject to authorization from the institution to which they belong and acceptance of the host one.

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» Executive protocol  


Promemoria agli studenti – Tasse accademiche

Ricordiamo a tutti gli studenti di verificare i pagamenti delle tasse accademiche dalla propria pagina dello studente. Per chi risulti non in regola con le tasse, non sarà possibile effettuare le prenotazioni agli esami. Nuove normative bloccano l'inserimento con forzatura, da parte della Segreteria Generale, quindi per situazioni particolari sarà necessario rivolgersi all'Ufficio Rettore.
Ringraziamo per la collaborazione.
Segreteria Generale

Liturgy dissertation defence

Abagnale Raffaele
“Clerici faciant divinum officium”. La Liturgia delle Ore nelle Costituzioni dell’Ordine dei Frati Minori Cappuccini
Moderator: P. A. Muroni
12 January 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Library schedule

During the Christmas period the library will follow the following schedule:
19 December: 8:30-12:30
21-23 December: 8:30-18:00
24 December-3 January: closed
4 January: 8:30-18:00
5-6 January: closed 

Papal Audience for the students of the Theologisches Studienjahr

Students of the "Theologisches Studienjahr" on December 18 participated in an audience with Pope Francis at the Clementine Hall in the Vatican.

The "Theologisches Studienjahr," of the Abbey of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Jerusalem, is part of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo. It is a five-year philosophical-theological course for selected students from the faculties of Theology of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with a focus on the study of Sacred Scripture, archaeology and topography of the Holy Land, ecumenism among Christians as well as dialogue with Judaism and Islam. Due to the pandemic, this year's study program could not take place in the Holy Land, but was hosted at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo in Rome.

» Click here to read the Pope's speech to the students or here to read about it on Vatican News

Blessed exile: Jerusalem Students meet Pope Francis

The students and administration of the Theologisches Studienjahr Jerusalem, (Jerusalem School of Theology), who are currently residing and studying at Sant'Anselmo during their Covid-induced "exile" from Jerusalem, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on 18 December. Fr. Nikodemus Schnabel OSB, prefect, and Prof. Johanna Erzberger, dean of the program, organised the visit, which came from a whimsical idea of their students.

Fr. Nikodemus explains: "When we hold our regular studies in Jerusalem, I am in charge of organising the visits to the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Latin Patriarchates and the other hierarchs of the different churches. Last October, our group had the good fortune to receive a visit from the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, H.B. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa O.F.M., here at Sant'Anselmo. Afterward, the students joked that it would be great if they could now visit the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis. So I began investigating, making phone calls and trying to make it work. I thought that especially now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis may not be receiving as many people as he normally would, and that he would have more time for an audience with us.

"So, on the 18 December, in the late morning, we found ourselves honoured to have an audience with the Pope! I was expecting just a small gathering, but the Vatican decided to make it very official and call in a camera team and write a speech, translate the speech from Italian into English, Spanish and German, and then post it on the web site. I was quite surprised, but I think it succeeded both because of our association and affiliation with Sant'Anselmo - Abbot Primate Gregory Polan as Grand Chancellor of our program, as well Rector Bernhard A. Eckerstorfer and Prior Mauritius Wilde, who accompanied us - and because our program is related to his latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, which addresses exactly what our program is about: Dialogue. Our program features Lutheran, Catholic and Reformed students in dialogue with Judaism, Islam and non-believers."

Fr. Nikodemus is a monk of Dormition Abbey, which founded the Theologisches Studienjahr Jerusalem and from where it is normally based. Fr. Laurentius Klein of Dormition Abbey, who founded the program in 1973, believed that one should study the Bible in the land of the Bible. As Klein put it, "Just as students of forestry have to do internships in the forest, so theologians should study the Bible in the land of the Bible".

The Laurentius Klein Chair of the program, Dean Johanna Erzberger, notes that the students study a wide range of topics surrounding the Bible, including archeology, ecumenism, eastern churches, Judaism and Islam. "Obviously, in Jerusalem", she said, "we have immediate access to all of these things". and went on to add, "Also, given the special German history, we focus from the very beginning on the dialogue between Christians and Jews. We think it's very important to give each new generation insight into the ecumenical aspects of this relationship as well as into the dialogue with Islam, with political thinking and non-believers".

The Theologisches Studienjahr Jerusalem program is academically part of Ateneo Sant'Anselmo's Faculty of Theology, and since it had to be held from September to December directly at Sant'Anselmo, the ties between both institutions could be strengthened.

Advent meditations

 Dear professors, students and staff of the Athenaeum, the pandemic imposes on us some unusual modalities for our Advent spiritual offering. On behalf of the University Chaplaincy and the Student Relations Office of our Athenaeum, we invite you to two modes of meditation.

1. Advent Video-Meditations
The University Chaplain offers you three Advent meditations in the form of video meditations. You can view them by clicking here.

2. A common moment of meditation and sharing
We also propose two common moments in videoconference through Zoom: Wednesday 9/12/2020 and Wednesday 16/12/2020, 12:00-12:15 pm.
The meeting will include a short reflection (9/12: Fr. Ruberval Monteiro, 16/12: Fr. Mauritius Wilde), a musical contribution and will conclude with a prayer in common.

 ZOOM LINK for the Advent meditation

We wish you a good Advent season.
Kind regards,
P. Pachomius Okogie OSB, Fr. Stefan Geiger OSB 

Sig. João Rodrigues

Il Sig. João Rodrigues, padre del nostro residente e studente P. Álvaro Luvisa Rodrigues, è deceduto il 17 dicembre 2020 ad Angola.
Preghiamo per il suo riposo eterno e per la consolazione della sua famiglia.

Difesa tesi di Licenza in Liturgia

Kemoneanhom, Edwige Armelle Siba

La “Prostratio” dans “l’Ordo Professionis Religiosae”: 
comme imitation katabatique du Christ pauvre, chaste et obéissant. L'Exemple de Saint Dominique
Moderatore: Dominik Jurczak OP
17 dicembre 2020, 17:00.

Election of the Dean of Theology

The Congregation for Catholic Education approved the appointment of Professor Fernando Rivas OSB as Dean of the Faculty of Theology for a four-year term.
On behalf of the University Community, the Rector thanks the outgoing Dean, Prof. Eduardo López Tello García OSB, for the commitment with which he carried out his duties for four years.
We wish the new Dean, Professor Rivas, all the best in his new task, and thank him for all he has already done in the University as a lecturer and coordinator.

Fernando Rivas OSB
Professor Fernando Rivas OSB (1955) studied Philosophy and Theology in Argentina (his native country). He then went on to study at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo, obtaining a Licentiate in Monastic Theology (1993) and a Doctorate in Theology (2012).
From 1999 to 2015 he was Abbot of the Monastery of San Benito de Luján (Buenos Aires). In 2017 he returned to Sant’Anselmo as a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and in 2018 he was appointed coordinator of the Monastic Institute; with the Covid emergency he took on the role of head of the Athenaeum’s IT group. He was the promoter of the new online course “Estudio Monásticos en español” of which he is currently the coordinator. Over the years he has given courses on monastic theology (including women’s monasteries), the Rule of St Benedict and Gregorian chant.
He is the author of six publications and numerous articles and reviews. He was director of the monastic journal Coloquio for sixteen years and a member of the editorial board of the Benedictine Congregation of the Cono Sur Cuadernos Monásticos for twelve years.
In addition to his university work, he is Vice-Principal of the College of Sant’Anselmo, a post he held in Argentina before being appointed Abbot of San Benito de Luján.

Liturgy dissertation defences

Angelucci Valentina

Moderatore: Markus Tymister
16 dicembre 2020, 17:00.

Discussione tesi di Dottorato in Liturgia

Gomes do Prado Manoel da Paixão

Moderatore: Damasio R. Santos de Medeiros sdb
15 dicembre 2020, 16:00.

Invito - sintesi

Discussione tesi di Dottorato in Teologia

Sandro Ferreira

Desafios e perspectivas da Igreja no Brasil
Moderatore: Damasio R. Santos de Medeiros sdb
14 dicembre 2020, 16:00.
Invito - sintesi

Prof. Odo Lang OSB (1938-2020)

Il 5 dicembre è deceduto il Prof. Odo Lang OSB (1938-2020) dell’Abbazia di Einsiedeln. Il prof. Lang ha studiato al PIL dal 1965 al 1968, anno in cui ha ottenuto il dottorato in Liturgia con la tesi: Das Commune Sanctorum in den Missale-Handschriften, moderata dal prof. Neunheuser.

Il Prof. Lang è stato docente di Storia della liturgia nel PIL dal 1973 al 1984.
Preghiamo per il defunto e per la comunità di Einsiedeln.

Discussione tesi di Dottorato in Liturgia

Alessandro Bellezza

Moderatore: prof. Cassian Folsom OSB
9 dicembre 2020, 17.30.

Discussion on Roman Missals

In honour of the 450th anniversary of the Missale Romanum of 1570 and the 50th anniversary of the Missale Romanum of 1970, an international, ecumenical discussion was hosted by the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy at Sant'Anselmo, Rome, 17-18 November 2020 as part of the project Liturgiam aestimare: Appreciating Liturgy.

RR. Gregory J. Polan OSB, from Conception Abbey, Missouri; Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation, Chancellor of the Ateneo St. Anselmo.
R.P. Bernhard Eckerstorfer OSB, monk of Kremsmünster Abbey, Austria; Rector of the Ateneo St. Anselmo.
R.P. Jordi-Agustí Piqué i Collado OSB, monk of Montserrat Abbey, Spain; Dean of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy (PIL), Rome.

Four papers were submitted and read by the participants in preparation for discussion at the colloquium. Participants either gave a paper or a prepared response to a paper; they included a religious superior and scholars with terminal degrees in their field.

RR. Ian Ernest, Anglican Archbishop; Director, Anglican Centre, and The Personal Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See.
R.P. Stefan Geiger OSB, monk of Schäftlarn Abbey, Germany; Lect.: Faculty of Theology and PIL, St. Anselmo; Liturgy Institute London.
Prof. Basilius “Bert" Groen, Prof. em., University of Graz; Prof. inv.: KU Leuven; Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome; Liturgy Institute London.
R.P. James Leachman OSB, monk of Ealing Abbey, London; Prof. em. PIL; Prof. inv. KU Leuven; participant, Process Work Psychology.
R.P. Daniel McCarthy OSB, monk of St. Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas; Lect., PIL; Liturgy Institute London; Prof. inv. KU Leuven.
Prof. Gerard Moore, President, The Australian Institute of Theological Education, Pennant Hills, New South Wales.
R.P. Pachomius Okogie OSB, monk of Ewu Priory, Edo, Nigeria; member, Perspective Science, Austin, Texas; ex-secretary general, teacher, St. Anselmo.

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Discussione tesi di Dottorato in Teologia

Silvia Angelaccio
«POENITENTIA LABORIOSUS QUIDAM BAPTISMUS». Da una definizione tridentina del sacramento della penitenza alla riscoperta della pena temporale come lavoro/sofferenza
Moderatore: prof. Andrea Grillo
2 dicembre 2020, 17.30.

Discussione tesi di Dottorato in Teologia

Courage Omoruyi Usunobun

CHRISTIAN FAMILY AND THE EUCHARIST. A theological path to holiness
prof. Bernard Sawicki, OSB.
2 dicembre 2020, 10.30.

Invito - sintesi

“Tradizione-adattamento-traduzione” (SC 37-38)


On the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the promulgation of the Liturgical Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council, the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, the Liturgical Action Center, the Association of Professors of Liturgy and the Disciples of the Divine Master are honored to invite H.H. to the day of study.

"Translation-adaptation-translation" (SC 37-38)
The question of translations of the Roman Missal and the problem in different languages.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
9.00-12.00 (online event)


Greeting of Prof. Jordi-Agustí Piqué i Collado OSB, Dean of the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico.
Moderator Prof. Muroni Pietro Angelo, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Pontificia Università Urbaniana.
La traduzione dei libri liturgici: l'"assillo" della riforma liturgica.

Prof. González Padrós Jaume, Prof. of the Instituto Superior de Liturgia ad instar facultatis (ILF)
¿Un rito adaptable es un rito? Tensión entre adaptación y formación litúrgica.
H.E. Maniago Claudio, President of the Commissione Episcopale per la liturgia
Terza edizione italiana del Messale Romano. Tappe del Lavoro di redazione e criteri della traduzione.
Prof. Drouin Gilles, Director of the Institut Superieur de Liturgie in seno all’Institut Catholique de Paris
«Traduire/adapter la liturgie, oscillations françaises».
Most Rev. Prof. Polan Gregory J. OSB, Grand Chancellor of the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo
The Challenges of preparing good and authentic translations for the Liturgy.
Prof. Pott Thomas OSB, Prof. of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo
Altre dinamiche teologiche, altri paradigmi storici: prospettive orientali.
Dr. So Agostino, dr. in Liturgy at the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico
La nuova edizione del Missale Romanum in lingua coreana (2017).

To participate you need to register online: registration form.  

Floral Art for the Liturgy


The course is addressed to sacristi, custodians of churches and chapels and to all those, men and women, who, with generosity, wish to begin to place themselves at the service of the liturgy through floral art, but also to those who are already engaged in this activity, wants to deepen its technical and liturgical knowledge.  

Nomina Preside del Pontificio Istituto Liturgico

La Congregazione per l'Educazione Cattolica, con una lettera inviata in data 12 novembre 2020, ha confermato la richiesta presentata dal Gran Cancelliere e Abate Primate, Rev. P. Gregory J. Polan OSB che in riferimento a quanto deciso nel Consiglio di Facoltà del PIL svoltosi il 21 ottobre 2020 e presieduto dal Rettore, prof. Bernhard Eckerstorfer OSB, ha postulato il prof. Jordi-Agustí Piqué i Collado OSB, come Preside del Pontificio Istituto Liturgico per la durata di 4 anni. 

A nome della comunità Anselmiana il Rettore dell’Ateneo esprime al Preside le più sincere congratulazioni per la sua nomina e per il consenso ricevuto dai membri del PIL. Dorival Souza Barreto Júnior

3rd November 2020. Appointment of Auxiliary Bishops of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia (Brazil). The Holy Father has appointed the Rev. Dorival Souza Barreto Júnior Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), assigning him the Titular See of Tindari. H.E. Mgr. Dorival Souza Barreto Júnior obtained a Licentiate in Liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo (1992-1995). We extend our best wishes to H.E. Mons. Dorival Souza Barreto.

Nuove disposizioni

Facendo seguito alle disposizioni del Governo italiano (3 novembre 2020),
a partire da lunedì 9 novembre 2020, fino al 3 dicembre 2020, la didattica sarà esclusivamente a distanza.
La biblioteca e gli uffici rimangono aperti. Le difese delle tesi si terranno a distanza.

Discussione tesi di Dottorato in Liturgia

di Freddy Ngwashi Nhida. Moderator: prof. Adrea Grillo.
10 novembre 2020 - 17.15.

Avviso per gli studenti

30 ottobre 2020. Per rimanere sempre aggiornati, vi invitiamo a controllare la pagina degli avvisi dentro il menù della Segreteria (Studenti > Segreteria > Avvisi).
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Covid-19 - norme

By clicking here you can download the rules for access to the University.

New teaching provisions

Starting from 26 October 2020 integrated digital teaching will be used for 75% of the students enrolled.
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H.E. Mons. Wilton D. Gregory

25th October 2020. The Holy Father has announced a consistory for the creation of new cardinals, among them H.E. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, who received his doctorate in Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, discussing his thesis The lector-minister of the Word. An historical and liturgical study of the office of lector in the western Church (supervisor prof. A.J. Chupungco). We extend our best wishes to H.E. Mons. Gregory.

Ecclesia orans 2020/2

Ecclesia orans
The second issue of XXXVII year (2020) has been published.

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12 October 2020. Course on Missal

From today, October 12, 2020, registrations are open for the second course of the new edition of the missal.
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7 October 2020. Appointments

The Holy Father has appointed Consultors of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff Prof. Pietro Angelo Muroni, Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome and professor at PIL and Sr. Katia De Simone, E.F., doctoral candidate at PIL.

5 October 2020. Visit of the Cardinal Walter Casper

On the occasion of the official opening of the Academic Year of Sant'Anselmo, Cardinal Walter Kasper also visited the "Theological Study of Jerusalem", which found hospitality at Sant'Anselmo during the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to thank Cardinal Kasper, who never showed signs of fatigue during the long and lively discussion. His words regarding his commitment, his experiences, and his vision of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, concerned one of the key themes of our program. We want to thank Sant’Anselmo for making us feel at home in the academic institution, letting us participate in the opening and giving us the opportunity to meet Cardinal Kasper. Prof. Dr. Johanna Erzberger (Dean)

5 October 2020. Inauguration a.y. 2020/2021

On October 5, 2020, the inauguration of the academic year 2020/2021 was held at the church of Sant'Anselmo on the Aventino.
S. Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper held the speech Testimony to Jesus Christ in today's world. Reflections on Christology.
The act, transmitted online, is available below.