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Premiá de Mar, Spain -- Being Christian in today's pluralistic society

The 46th annual Castelldaura theological and pastoral conference was held on January 25-26 in Premiá de Mar, with the topic “Secularism and a Culture of Faith.” The conference was organized by the Rosselló Priests’ Center in Barcelona, with some 150 priests from the various dioceses of Catalonia taking part.

Fr. Albert Barceló, director of the Priests’ Center, said that “the objective of these yearly meetings is to foster the on-going formation of the clergy. It’s an opportunity to share one’s pastoral experiences and enjoy some hours of true communion and priestly fraternity.” The conferences, which began in 1965, have dealt in the past with such topics as the eradication of poverty, secularism, the family, bioethics, communication, the priesthood, ecumenism, the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the figure of St. Paul, and catechesis.

The speakers this year included Archbishop Jesus Sanz Montes of Oviedo, Msgr. Angel Rodriguez Luño (dean of the School of Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross), Fr. Ignasi Fuster (professor at the Catalonia School of Theology), journalist Mari Paz Lopez (Rome correspondent for La Vanguardia up until 2009), Dr. Joan de Dou (a psychiatrist), and the philosopher Jaume Nubiola (University of Navarra).

Romana, No. 52, January-June 2011, p. 135-136.

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