Watch the Conference Online

Jump to: Day 1 · Day 2 · Day 3




Introduction: Daniel Philpott & Timothy Shah
Welcome & Greeting: Don Cherubini & Abp. Paul Richard Gallagher
Keynote: Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako
Keynote: Patriarch Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan
Keynote: Andrea Riccardi

Watch Day 1 videos on YouTube

Reflection: Metropolitan Athenagoras
Keynote: Charles Cardinal Bo
Panel: The Middle East & North Africa
Keynote: Bishop Angaelos
Keynote: The Americas & Europe, with Msgr. Tomáš Halík
Panel: The Legacy of Dignitatis Humanae
Panel: Findings from South Asia, with Dr. Paul Bhatti

Watch Day 2 videos on YouTube

Panel: Persecution & Peace in Africa
Panel: China & Post-Soviet Countries
Panel: Through the Eyes of Christian Women
Panel: Political & Policy Challenges
Concluding Address: Patrick Kelly (for Carl Anderson)
Synthesis: Daniel Philpott & Timothy Shah

Watch Day 3 videos on YouTube

Day 1 Conference Sessions






Conference Introduction: Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame, & Timothy Shah, Georgetown University

Welcome & Greeting: Don Cherubini, Pontifical Urban University, & Abp. Gallagher, Vatican Secretariat of State

Keynote Address: Patriarch Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon




Keynote Address: Patriarch Younan, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Syriac Catholic Church

Keynote Address: Andrea Riccardi, Founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio  

Jump to: Day 1 · Day 2 · Day 3

Day 2 Conference Sessions







Reflection: Metropolitan Athenagoras, Exarch of Benelux

Keynote Address: Charles Cardinal Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Burma

Panel: Findings from the Middle East & North Africa Moderator: Christian Sahner, University of Cambridge. Speakers: Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma; Elizabeth Prodromou, Tufts University; Mariz Tadros, Sussex University; Christian Van Gorder, Baylor University




Keynote Address: Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK

Keynote Conversation: The Travail of Religious Liberty in the Americas & Europe, with Msgr. Tomas Halik, Czech Christian Academy. Moderator: Ken Starr, President and Chancellor of Baylor University. Speakers: Paul Freston, Wilfred Laurier University; Paul Marshall, Hudson Institute

Panel: The Legacy of Dignitatis Humanae Moderator: Timothy Samuel Shah, Georgetown University. Speakers: Mustafa Akyol, Hurriyet Daily News; Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa; George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center



Panel: Findings from South Asia, with Dr. Paul Bhatti, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Minority Affairs. Moderator: Chad Bauman, Butler University. Speakers: Robert Hefner, Boston University; James Ponniah, University of Madras; Reginald Reimer, Expert on Christianity in Vietnam & Laos; Sara Singha, Georgetown University Brief Remarks: Prof. Fr. Thomas Schirrmacher, International Institute for Religious Freedom & World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission  

Jump to: Day 1 · Day 2 · Day 3

Day 3 Conference Sessions





Panel: Persecution & Peace in Africa Moderator: Fr. Angelo Romano, Pontifical Urban University. Keynote Panelists: The Most Reverend Benjamin and Gloria Kwashi, Anglican Church of Nigeria (delivered in absentia). Speakers: John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja; Fr. Robert Dowd, CSC, University of Notre Dame; Fr. Bernard Kinvi, the John Paul II Hospital of Bossemptele, Central African Republic

Panel: Findings from China & Post-Soviet Countries, with Rt. Rev. Borys Gudziak, Ukrainian Eparchial Bishop in France, Benelux, and Switzerland. Moderator: Kent Hill, World Vision. Speakers: Kathleen Collins, University of Minnesota; Karrie Koesel, University of Notre Dame; Fenggang Yang, Purdue University

Panel: Religious Persecution through the Eyes of Christian Women Moderator: Mariz Tadros, Sussex University. Speakers: Tehmina Arora, Alliance for Defending Freedom, India; Helen Berhane, Eritrean Gospel Singer; Sister Joanna Salib, Daughters of St. Mary Convent in Beni Suef, Egypt; Pascale Warda, President of Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, Iraq





Panel: The Political & Policy Challenges to Advancing International Religious Freedom Moderator: Allen Hertzke, University of Oklahoma. Speakers: Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Hon. Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard University and former US Ambassador to the Holy See; Hon. David Saperstein, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom; Pasquale Ferrara, Secretary General of the European University Institute, Florence; Hon. Andrew Bennett, Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom

Concluding Address: The Way Forward, delivered for Carl Anderson, Knights of Columbus, by Patrick Kelly, Knights of Columbus

See also: Thanks to the Organizers

Synthesis of Conference & Project Findings: Daniel Philpott & Timothy Shah

Jump to: Day 1 · Day 2 · Day 3