CobbenhagenEvening: Rik Torfs presents "Laity, i.e., Christians: An Interview with Luigi Giussani"
In the run-up to the Synod "Toward a Synodal Church," a famous interview Angelo Scola conducted in 1987 with Luigi Giussani on the role of the layperson in the Catholic Church has been published in Dutch (in a translation by university chaplain Michiel Peeters). Canon lawyer and honorary rector of the Catholic University of Leuven, Rik Torfs, will present the publication.
October 15 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Giussani (1922-2005). That day Pope Francis said of him, "I express my personal gratitude for the fact that, as a priest, as a young priest, it has done me good to contemplate some of Fr Giussani's books; and also as a universal Shepherd, I am grateful, for all that he has been able to sow and radiate everywhere for the good of the Church."
From 1954 Giussani worked as a teacher of religion, and from 1964 to 1990 he taught at the Catholic University of Milan. Since the 1950s he animated a lay movement that would later be called Communion and Liberation, or CL.
On the occasion of the 1987 Synod on Laity, Angelo Scola, the later archbishop of Milan, conducted a long interview with Giussani for the monthly magazine 30Days, on the laity in the Church. Because of his centenary year and in the run-up to the Synod "Towards a Synodal Church" next fall, this text now appears for the first time in Dutch, in a translation by Tilburg University's chaplain, Fr Michiel Peeters.
Canon lawyer and honorary rector of the Catholic University of Leuven, Rik Torfs, will present this publication during a CobbenhagenEvening on Saturday, May 27 at 8:00 pm in university church Maranatha (Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 19, Tilburg). Admission is free. The evening will be in Dutch, but for those not fluent in that language, an English translation will be provided. After Torfs' talk, it will be possible to ask questions and purchase Giussani's book. The evening will conclude with drinks.
CobbenhagenEvenings are cultural events, proposed by Tilburg University Chaplaincy, university parish Maranatha, and Catholic movement Communion and Liberation. In the spirit of university founder Cobbenhagen, they aim to bring together academia, Christian proposal and the Tilburg region. The evenings are freely accessible. Welcome!
More information (in Dutch): cobbenhagenavonden.nl