The cultural routes of the Council of Europe, paths of faith and new meetings: this is the title of the day scheduled for 27th November at the Palais d'Europe in Strasbourg, organised by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe.
The event, organised in collaboration with the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) and the EPA Secretariat, for the European Year of Cultural Heritage, intends to mark the adhesion of the Holy See 2018 to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The day of meetings will bring together Catholic Bishops responsible for pastoral care in the cultural sectors; representatives of certified Cultural Routes; members of the Secretariat; NGOs and other interested parties. They aim to promote the EPA and cultural routes in Church media, exploring possible pastoral developments and underlining the importance of cultural heritage in the process of European integration.
The event will open with greetings from Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Vice-Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Mons. Paolo Rudelli, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe. Following their introduction will be the first session of activities dedicated to the routes that built Europe: "Where the past meets the future". Speakers include: Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, President of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences; Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes and Amb. Meglena Kuneva, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe.
The day will continue with the round table entitled "Tourists and pilgrims: what synergies?" Moderated by Msgr. Jesús Sanz Montes, Bishop of Oviedo Participants: Msgr. Julián Barrio Barrio, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela; Mr. Antoine Selosse, Delegate General of the network for the European Cultural Route of San Martino di Tours; Rev. Ragnhild Jepsen, Dean of Nidaros Cathedral (Norway), Route of Saint Olav Ways; Rev. Prof. Roman Bogacz, Director of the course of studies on religious tourism, Pontifical University St. John Paul II Krakow; Rev. Michele Falabretti, Head of the National Service for Youth Ministry of the Italian Episcopal Conference "I Cammini 2018" and Stefan Lunte, COMECE.
Download the programme in English and Italian below