On March 8, 2016, at the Auditorium “Father Agostino Trapé” Augustinianum the convention center in Rome, the conference “Migration: solving current emergencies looking to the past. The model of Mother Assunta Marchetti ” was held. The event was organized and promoted by the Congregation of the Scalabrinian Sisters and the Embassy of Brazil to the Holy See. H. E. Cardinal. Odilo Pedro Scherer, Archbishop of Sao Paolo, H. E. Italo Castellani, Bishop of Lucca, Mgr. Giancarlo Perego, director general of the Fondazione Migrantes, Sister Leocadia Mezzomo, postulator of the cause of beatification and Fr. Fabio Baggio, director of SIMI, were the invited speakers. The latter presented a paper on “Italian emigration at the Mother Assunta Marchetti’s time.”
Lecture in Fabriano
On 3 March 2016, at the headquarters of the Diocesan School of Theology of Fabriano, the SIMI Director gave a lecture entitled, “Migrants and refugees. Ethical issues and the Church’s social doctrine.” The lecture took place within the curriculum of the first edition of the course organized by the Chair of the Social Doctrine of the Church and Politics of the Diocese of Fabriano-Matelica. Many students attended the lecture and among them the Bishop of Fabriano-Matelica, Msgr . Giancarlo Vecerrica. The interest shown during the debate that followed the lecture led the organizers to make a public commitment to provide opportunities for study in the next edition of the course.
Conference in Bern
The Italian Catholic Mission in Bern, directed by Fr. Antonio Grasso, in collaboration with the Swiss IOM, the SIMN Europe-Africa and the Katholishce Kirche Region Bern, organized a cycle of two conferences entitled, “The Journeys of Hope towards Bern.” The first conference was held at the auditorium of the Mission on 26 February 2016 and the first presentar was the director of SIMI, to whom the treatment of the theme “Faces at the border: migration flows to the EU” was entrusted. The event brought together a large audience of Italian speakers, who actively participated in the debate that followed the two witnesses proposed by local pastoral agents.
New Doctor at SIMI
On 1 February 2016, at the SIMI headquarters, P. Vengacheriyil Kora Jaimón has successfully defended his Ph.D thesis. The dissertation titled, “Migration and Development. Impacts of Migration on Members of the Left – Behind Families in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly” was highly graded by the moderator, prof. Fabio Baggio, and the correlators, prof. Francis-Vincent Anthony and prof. René Manenti. The same professors composed the thesis defense commitee. P. Jaimon, who now holds the title of doctor on pastoral theology of human mobility, Summa cum laude, would be able to make use of such title only upon the publication of his dissertation or an excerpt of it.
Theological Conference in Brazzaville
In order to start a theological reflection on the pastoral care of human mobility in Africa, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Mozambique (SECAM) and the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa Region (ACERAC), in collaboration with SIMI and the International Catholic Commission for Migration (ICMC), organized an international conference on the theology of human mobility in Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The conference, which took place on 21-23 January 2016, entailed in its various sessions the contributions of 15 professors and international experts. Over 90 people attended the 3-day conference, including bishops, pastoral coordinators and workers, religious and seminarians.
Training Course for MSCS Formators
The director and vice director of SIMI were invited to hold two days of specialized training within the VI Training Course for Formators, which was organized by the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles – Scalabrini ( MSCS ) and held in Rome, at the headquarters of the General Administration of MSCS, from 10 January to 2 February 2016. Prof. Fabio Baggio was entrusted the theme “Migrations: Context of Scalabrinian Formation.” Prof. Aldo Skoda has instead developed the theme “The challenges of the Scalabrinian religious formation.”
Lectures at PUU
Some professors of SIMI were called to present a series of lectures in the Training Seminar for Teachers, which was organized by the Pontifical Urban University (PUU) in the first semester of 2015-2016. The seminar titled, “Migrations: a social phenomenon and a pastoral challenge” was an on-going training program for teachers of the academic institutions affiliated to PUU worldwide. Prof. René Manenti, Aldo Skoda, Fabio Baggio, Gabriele Beltrami and Gioacchino Campese were called during the months of October 2015 and January 2016 to deliver various interdisciplinary lessons. The training seminar was highly appreciated by the participants so that PUU has decided to repeat the same program in the second semester of the academic year 2015-2016.