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Youth summit for peace in Jerusalem opens with interfaith prayer for peace, artistic presentations and musical performances

02/07/2017

Youth from five continents join Palestinian and Israeli students, religious and academic leaders, in answer to Pope Francis' call for peacebuilding through the culture of encounter

75 Christian, Jewish and Muslim youth from around the world gathered at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem today for a unique summit, in answer to Pope Francis' call to create a culture of encounter for peace. Students age 15 and 16 from Argentina, Brazil, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, and other countries joined their Palestinian and Israeli counterparts for 4 days of learning through arts, sports, technology, and living together.

At the opening ceremony, young people expressed their hopes for peace through a variety of artistic presentations. Students from Burundi and Congo performed a song in Swahili; Palestinian students from Shu'afat and Beit Hanina performed "Imagine" by John Lennon; and Jewish high school students sang of peace in Hebrew.

Three senior religions leaders, representing the three Abrahamic faiths, gave opening benedictions as part of an interreligious prayer for peace: Kadi Iyad Zahalka, The Kadi of Jerusalem and the Head of the Sharia Courts of Israel; His Eminence Mons. Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Israel; and Rabbi Michael Melchior, former Israeli Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs and Head of the Middle East Religious Initiative for Peace.

The summit, from July 2-5, 2017, is co-organized by the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes ("Scholas") and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace ("Truman Institute") at the Hebrew University. Within the framework of this gathering, two major events are taking place: “Scholas Chairs International Congress 2017: Between University and School - Peacebuilding through Culture of Encounter” and “Interreligious Citizenship Encounter.”

The closing ceremony on July 5 is expected to include greetings from Pope Francis, together with the planting of a traditional olive tree for peace in his name, as students describe their experiences and present their works of art and their social projects.

Among the dignitaries present representing Scholas Occurentes were José María del Corral, President of the Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes; and for the Holy See, His Eminence Mons. Angelo Zani, General Secretary of the Congregation For Catholic Education and His Eminence Mons. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Vice President of Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes and Great Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. 

Attending from the Hebrew University were Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President; Prof. Asher Cohen, Rector and President-Elect; Amb. Yossi Gal, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations; and Ms. Naama Shpeter, Executive Director of the Truman Institute and Conference Chair.

Speaking at a meeting with leaders of Scholas and the Hebrew University at his residence on February 7, Pope Francis said: “Religion can bring us together and teach us to create the bonds of friendship. With the intuition of Scholas and the intelligence and history of the Hebrew University, I am sure that this will produce great changes in the world.”

Scholas (http://web.scholasoccurrentes.org/en) is an international educational organization created by Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, which was adopted as a global youth project of the Vatican, to educate young people in the commitment for the common good.

The Truman Institute (http://truman.huji.ac.il) is the first and largest research institute in the Middle East to examine conflict resolution and propose peaceful solutions for the region, and fostering discussion and understanding on the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians and the citizens of the developing world.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s leading academic and research institution, is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, the Hebrew University is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind. For more information, please visit http://new.huji.ac.il/en.

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Educational summit for peace in Jerusalem answers Pope Francis' call to create a culture of encounter among youth

29/06/2017

40 Palestinian and Israeli youth, together with youngsters from the five continents will meet the most important religious and academic referents from 41 universities of 19 countries

Summit co-organized by the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

From July 2-5, 2017, an unprecedented gathering of educators, religious leaders and students from around the world will take place in Jerusalem, in a summit co-organized by the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

This encounter promoted by Pope Francis (link to the news: http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/33423) will feature a meeting of academicians, scientists and religious leaders from across the world, along with peace and trust-building activities involving youth from the three Abrahamic religions. Over 150 international specialists are expected to take part in the summit, including Israelis, Palestinians, and representatives from Africa, Latin America, Europe, and North American and Asia.

Palestinian and Israeli students will meet youth from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Kenya, Burundi, Congo, and Brazil, among others, who will attend the summit. The 75 Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth from around the world will live a learning experience through sports, arts and technology and will interact with academics and the main religious referents.

Detailed information on the programs can be found at http://bit.ly/huvatican1 and http://bit.ly/huvatican2.

At the opening ceremony, young people will express their deepest feelings through the arts and together they will say an interreligious prayer for peace. After intensive working days where academic experiences of dialogue and encounter will be shared, the closing ceremony is expected to include greetings to the participants from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, together with the planting of a traditional olive tree for peace.

“Religion can bring us together and teach us to create the bonds of friendship. With the intuition of Scholas and the intelligence and history of the Hebrew University, I am sure that this will produce great changes in the world,” said Pope Francis. 

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Scholas Occurrentes (http://web.scholasoccurrentes.org/en) is an international educational organization created and erected by Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Once elected Pontiff, the program was adopted as a global youth project of the Vatican, to educate young people in the commitment for the common good.

The Truman Institute (http://truman.huji.ac.il) is the first and largest research institute in the Middle East to examine conflict resolution and propose peaceful solutions for the region. The Institute fosters understanding, discussion and debate on the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians and the citizens of the developing world.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s leading academic and research institution, is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, the Hebrew University is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind. For more information, please visit http://new.huji.ac.il/en.

PHOTO FOR DOWNLOAD: http://media.huji.ac.il/new/photos/hu170208_scholas2.jpg - Pope Francis receives the agreement signed between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Scholas on February 7, 2017. Pictured to his left: President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson. (Photo credit: Moira Massonneau)

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Hebrew University: Dov Smith, dovs [at] savion.huji.ac.il

Scholas:

Andrea Sanchez, andrea.sanchez [at] scholasoccurrentes.org

Virginia Priano, virginia.priano [at] scholasoccurrentes.org

 

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Pope Francis together with Scholas Global Directors meets Hebrew University leaders to sign an agreement for working together in an education program for the encounter between youth of various religions

08/02/2017

Hebrew University’s Truman Institute together with Scholas Occurrentes Educational Organization established by Pope Francis, are developing a conference and a program on “Culture of Encounter through Education” in Jerusalem

His Holiness Pope Francis, in his residence Santa Marta, along with Scholas President, José María del Corral and Scholas Secretary and Global Director, Enrique Palmeyro, received Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the heads of Hebrew University’s Truman Institute. During the meeting an agreement was signed between the Hebrew University and Scholas to hold a conference and a program with Pope Francis’ support in Jerusalem later this year that will promote civic opportunities and dialogue for peace among young people from the Middle East and around the world.

The international conference hosted by the Pontifical Scholas Occurentes Chairs and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University will take place in summer, and bring together youth, educators and academics to Jerusalem under the banner of “The Culture of Encounter Through Education.” The conference will be developed by Scholas Occurentes and the Truman Institute.

Representatives of prestigious international academic institutions from different parts of the world, as well as organizations dealing with social issues and researchers from around the world will join the young participants at the Hebrew University to discuss the promotion of peace and a better future, and the role of academia in social action.

Pope Francis said: “Religion can bring us together and teach us to create the bonds of friendship. With the intuition of Scholas and the intelligence and history of the Hebrew University, I am sure that this will produce great changes in the world.”

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: “The Hebrew University and its Truman Institute are excited to work with Pope Francis and Scholas to foster encounters between young people, academia, and the real world, towards progress and peace. This project is aimed at building a better future for the world.”

Prof. Menahem Blondheim, Director of the Truman Institute, pointed to the Institute’s belief that “religion, and its idealistic notions of world harmony, can serve as a major force for peace, in contrast to conventional depictions of religion as an obstacle to peace.“

Prof. José María del Corral, Scholas Global Director and Worldwide President of Scholas Occurrentes, thanked Pope Francis “for his 20 years supporting Scholas initiative that began gathering young Muslim, Catholic and Jewish students, to turn them into the real protagonists of change for a better world, which is now present as a network in 190 countries.”

Joining the Scholas Occurrentes academic committee are two distinguished representatives from the Truman Institute: Prof. Menahem Blondheim, Academic Director of the Hebrew University’s Truman Institute, and Dr. Mauricio Dimant, Coordinator of the Truman Institute's Latin America Unit, who met with Pope Francis last November.

Today's meeting had an unprecedented friendly atmosphere and a pleasant climate where anecdotes, jokes and reflections were shared as well as a common hope. Prior to this meeting, in Vatican City, the President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson and  Scholas Occurrentes President, José María del Corral, signed an academic agreement through which both institutions will work for the common cause of turning the encounter into an educational experience and  generating a transformation in young people through technology, sports and arts. 

Attending from the Hebrew University were the President, Prof. Ben-Sasson; Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, Ambassador Yossi Gal; the Truman Institute’s Academic Director, Prof. Menahem Blondheim; and the Truman Institute’s Executive Director, Naama Shpeter.

Scholas Occurrentes (http://web.scholasoccurrentes.org/en) is an international educational organization founded by Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Once elected Pontiff, the program was adopted as a global youth project of the Vatican, to educate young people in the commitment for the common good.

The Hebrew University’s Truman Institute (http://truman.huji.ac.il) is the first and largest research institute in the Middle East to examine conflict resolution and propose peaceful solutions for the region. The Institute fosters understanding, discussion and debate on the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians and the citizens of the developing world.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s leading academic and research institution, is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, the Hebrew University is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind. For more information, please visit http://new.huji.ac.il/en.

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—Photo 1: http://media.huji.ac.il/new/photos/hu170208_scholas1.jpg Left to right: Scholas Secretary and Global Director, Enrique Palmeyro; Truman Institute Executive Director, Naama Shpeter; Scholas President, José María del Corral; Pope Francis; President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson; Truman Institute Academic Director, Prof. Menahem Blondheim; and Hebrew University Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, Ambassador Yossi Gal. (Photo credit: Moira Massonneau)

—Photo 2: http://media.huji.ac.il/new/photos/hu170208_scholas2.jpg Pope Francis receives the agreement signed between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Scholas. Pictured to his left: President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson. (Photo credit: Moira Massonneau)

—Photo 3: http://media.huji.ac.il/new/photos/hu170208_scholas3.jpg The President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson (R) and Scholas Occurrentes President, José María del Corral, after the signature of the academic agreement. (Photo credit: Moira Massonneau)

Pope Francis together with Scholas Global Directors meets Hebrew University leaders to sign an agreement for working together in an education program for the encounter between youth of various religions
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