Ratzinger Foundation’s Pioneer International Congress to Explore Philosophical Vision, Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI on April 21, 2007, in Vigevano, Italy.

The International Ratzinger Foundation will hold the first international congress “Cooperatores Veritatis” (“Co-workers of the Truth”) at Pan American University in Mexico City from April 17–19 to explore the dialogue between Pope Benedict XVI — who would have turned 97 years old today, April 16 — and philosophical traditions.

According to the event’s website, the congress came about as a result of a research project initiated by the International Ratzinger Foundation, which seeks to “to establish an extensive network of researchers across various fields of knowledge to perpetuate systematic studies on the profound intellectual and spiritual legacy of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.”

As part of this project, the collective work “Joseph Ratzinger in Dialogue with Philosophical Traditions: From Plato to Vattimo,” was published in which 19 authors explore how Pope Benedict XVI “engages with the great philosophers of the Western tradition and dialogues with them from his unique theological perspective.”

During the three days of the event, the book’s authors will present their research, offering keynote lectures on their respective studies. There will also be time to get together and share ideas.

The researchers come from 15 countries including Spain, the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, France, and Germany. In addition, distinguished winners of the Ratzinger Prize will be present, such as Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz from Germany, Tracey Rowland from Australia, and Pablo Blanco from Spain, recognized for their valuable contributions to philosophical research and publication.


As part of the congress, the book “Joseph Ratzinger in Dialogue with Philosophical Traditions” will be officially presented in the Spanish and English editions. 

The event is free, but pre-registration through the event website is required to ensure participation.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, ACI Africa's Spanish-language news partner. It was been translated by CNA, ACI Africa's U.S.-based news partner.