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Our Work With The Vatican 2017

The Kairos Forum is very excited and honoured to be partnering with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. In October 2017, we will help deliver a global conference in Rome at the Urbaniana University. The conference will host some of the leading theologians and practitioners who work within the field of disability, theology and catechesis. The conference will gather resources from all over the world with the aim to fully engage, people who have been disabled, in the life of the Catholic Church.

The conference runs from 20 – 22 October at the Pontifical Urbaniana University and takes the theme “Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church”.

Pope Francis has granted a private audience to those attending the conference.

Bishops Conference Article

Pontifical Council For New Evangelisation and Catechesis 

Please do watch out for our social media invitations and follow he conference, If you want to join us PLEASE DO !!!

You can email convention2017@novaevangelizatio.va or cgangemi.kairos@gmail.com for a booking form.

Living Fully – Strasbourg 2017

30 August – 2 September 2017

In June 2016, The Kairos Forum went to Rome to deliver the Living Fully Academic Symposium and conference in the Vatican – co-patroned by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The four-day event brought together persons with disabilities, members of their families, leading theologians and practitioners within the field of theology and disability. Our time together,
celebrated the presence of persons with disabilities and advocated a place of belonging and hope for all people – no matter their ability.

Now we’re repeating the ‘Living Fully’ experience in another European city… Strasbourg in France.

From the 30 August to 2 September 2017, Kairos in partnership with the European Society for the Study of Disability will hold another Living Fully event.

We have organised four workshops within the framework of the European Society for Catholic Theology’s (ESSTD) Congress on Fraternity in Strasburg.

Our workshops will provide an opportunity to deepen the theme of fraternity and disability within all fields of theology but also in its relationship with, sociology, anthropology, charity, environment, education and more.

Visit the google site for the Strasbourg conference and join us in France!

Programme

Strasbourg Conference Programme 2017

Vatican co-signs Living Fully 2016 Statement and Charter

The Pontifical Council for Culture has continued its collaboration with The Kairos Forum and other delegates who attended the ground breaking international symposium and conference, ‘Living Fully 2016’ in Rome that took place in June 2016.

The outcome is a robust Statement and Charter for the Church, affirming that everybody of all abilities has a place in our faith communities. Conversations and presentations from the four days spent together are integrated into this key statement document.

Reinforcing the importance of this event and the ongoing mission to include everyone of all abilities, the Statement and Charter are now on the way to becoming official documents. Key signatories of the document include Cardinal Ravasi, President and Monsignor Melchor Sánchez de Toca, Under Secretary of The Pontifical Council for Culture. Enabling disabled people is now more than ever part of the Council’s culture. Given this ongoing commitment, future opportunities to expand on the ‘Living Fully 2016’ events are not only possible, but likely.

The Pontifical Council for Culture has produced a special edition journal, merging their own ongoing work with the ‘Living Fully 2016’ outcome. This includes abridged versions of selected papers presented at the events, as well as the Statement and Charter and for the first time ever, a Widgit symbols statement within a Pontifical publication.

Monsignor Gergely Kovács, Head of Office at the Pontifical Council for Culture compiled Vol. XXIV 2016 N.3 of the Dicastery’s journal, which has a focus on the ‘Living Fully 2016’ conference. The first part of this edition contains details of the conference, along with articles written by its participants.

Fullness of life and loneliness, both issues in the lives of disabled people, were just two of the many topics the conference covered. Great care was taken in selecting a statement from each ‘Living Fully 2016’ paper in order to highlight the importance of each and every one.

Cristina Gangemi, Director of The Kairos Forum sums up the Living Fully mission:

“The conference looked at new ways that parishes could become a place of welcome and belonging in the life of the Church, for those who have been excluded in different ways. It also brought attention to the important dialogue about people with different abilities within the Church, while celebrating their lives and how they uniquely live their faith.”

The journal will be published in January 2017 and will be widely available. In addition, building on the successful events of this year, more exciting Living Fully events are planned for 2017 with details to be announced in the new year.

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Living Fully 2016 – Statement and Charter