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 in June this year.
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.
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. Fullness of life
and loneliness, both issues in the lives of disabled people , were just
two of the many topics the "Living Fully 2016" conference covered in
The first part of this edition of the journal contains details of
the conference, along with articles written by participants of the
event. Great care was taken in selecting a statement from each "Living
Fully 2016" paper in order to highlight the importance of each and every
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
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.
For more information on Living Fully see: www.livingfully2016.com
Read more about the Kairos Forum here: www.thekairosforum.com
Read the Culture and Faith document here: http://www.cultura.va/content/dam/cultura/image/Rivista/index/3-2016_copertina-indice.pdf