The Faculty of Theology is holding a symposium entitled ‘Mercy towards Immigrants: Theology and Society in Dialogue’, at Villa Francia in Lija, on Monday 6th June 2016, starting at 9:00 a.m. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna will be opening the symposium which is being held during the Jubilee of Mercy. The Hon. Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, will also deliver an introductory speech.
The keynote address will be given by Rev. Dr René Micallef S.J. Fr Micallef lives in Rome and teaches moral theology and social ethics at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, specialising in topics such as migration, conflict, human rights and the sources of moral reasoning. During his studies, Fr Micallef has been involved in Hispanic prison ministry and has collaborated with NGOs such as the Jesuit Refugee Service, which accompanies asylum seekers, and Pueblos Unidos (Madrid) that promotes the integration of immigrants. Having resided in six different countries, he has known and befriended refugee and immigrant families since his childhood, and in different contexts.
Also taking part will be other experts on mercy and the immigrant, social welfare, health and legal issues, and education. There will be questions and discussion time at around
12:30 p.m., before the conclusion being given by Fr Stefan Attard, lecturer on Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek.