Global Compact on Education - 2020

It takes a village to raise a child”. An African proverb is the slogan chosen by Pope Francis to launch the Global Compact on Education, a global educational pact, which will be signed on 14 May 2020 in the Vatican, by representatives of the major religions, of international organizations and humanitarian institutions, as well as members of the academic, economic, political and cultural world.

The Holy Father has instructed the Congregation for Catholic Education to appeal to those who care about the education of the younger generations, to involve them in the pact, which each of them will undertake to implement in its own sphere and spread as much as possible. The Congregation is the authority of the Holy See to which 216,000 Catholic schools and 1750 universities worldwide refer.

In the series of preparatory events, the PISAI has also been asked to do its part: on February 24, 2020, in collaboration with the Pontifical Gregorian University (Cardinal Bea Centre for Jewish Studies and Interreligious Studies Centre), the PISAI is organizing a a study day entitled When Religions Contribute to the Education of a more Fraternal Humanity. The day will include a public event at the Aula Magna of the Gregorian University. Seven speakers representing seven different religious traditions (Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and traditional African religions) will participate in a roundtable discussion on the theme: What are the resources of one's own religious tradition for building universal brotherhood?

The programme will be defined in the coming weeks.


Sacred Texts and Human Contexts

The Sacred Texts and Human Contexts conference series, organized by the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, of Nazareth College Rochester, New York, aims to bring together scholars from around the globe to share research and experiences on contemporary issues related in religion and social sciences.

The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) is co-sponsor of the sixth edition, entitled Sacred Mystical Traditions, Approaches to Peaceful Coexistence, to be held in Rome from 7 to 10 June 2020.
The Call for Papers is now open. Please send your proposal (in English) as a Word Document to or with the subject line “Proposal Submission”. For full details, see the conference website.

The previous conference (29-31 July 2018), on Religions and the (De)Legitimization of Violence, focused on human suffering, violence, terrorism and war, demonstrated the extent to which humanity is fractured and desperately looking to find peace in the midst of the hateful, violent atmosphere of the 21st century.
The 2020 conference on mystical traditions is meant to expand and deepen this attention to religious and spiritual approaches to peace, through the analysis of the religions’ sacred texts, with particular emphasis on mysticism and the construction of peaceful alternatives to the current challenges of the modern world.