Courtyard of the Gentiles
Posted on 02/03/2011 in 2011

The Friday 25 March 2011 from 20:00

Friday 25 March 2011 from 20:00

The Pontifical Council of Culture organizes, with theCatholic Institute of Paris, the launch of a new structure of dialogue between believers and non-believers, called the Courtyard of the Gentiles. This one, on a suggestion of Pope Benedict XVI, is intended to build a space for dialogue "with those for whom religion is a foreign thing, for whom God is unknown, and who, however, would not want to remain simply without God, but approach him to Less as unknown. "

Paris was chosen as a strong symbolic place to inaugurate this structure. Thus, on 24 and 25 March 2011, three prestigious sites – UNESCO, the Sorbonne and the Institut de France – will allow several high-ranking personalities from the world of culture to dialogue around the theme "Enlightenment, religions, common reason".

At the end of this event, a great popular meeting between young Christians and their friends "for whom religion is a foreign thing, for whom God is unknown, and who, however, would not want to remain simply without God, but to approach him to Less as unknown, "according to the word of Benedict XVI, will take place on the forecourt with various animations, but also in the cathedral where the brothers of the community of Taizé animate a time of prayer.

17h15 : Office of Vespers of the Solemnity of the Annunciation
18h30 : Mass of the solemnity of the Annunciation

From 20:00 : On the forecourt of Notre Dame
"In the square of the unknown"... Anything can happen. The feast, the warm and cordial joy invites you to gather together and share happy moments with each other. Several scenes animate the courtyard throughout the evening, for a sensible approach to the essential. The show allows for self-release; It opens the eyes to another, provokes meetings and dialogues.
Here are already some participants:

Paddy Kelly, an Irish-born singer-songwriter and member of the Kelly Family, mixes folk ballads with the Eighties ' Rock and roll accents. His personal history makes him a sensitive witness to the dialogue between believers and non-believers: Star of the show business he suddenly converts under the effect of a burning encounter with God. He continues composing and interpreting his songs, a member of the Fraternity of Saint John, he goes back to stage on the occasion of the launch of the forecourt of the Gentiles. Rhythmic, dancing, folk, for a festive, cheerful, friendly and warm atmosphere.
Fabrice Haddad, a writer and philosopher, creates a show inspired by the book of Job that mixes theatre, choral singing and other mediums of human expression. The choice of the book of Job is particularly rich in meaning for our time and gives the evening a serious dimension, of those who make that the joy of being together and living a convivial moment also opens the eyes on the distress of Man , its dark portions and hope.
An experience of meetings and dialogues: After the communion of laughter and joy, several themes of exchange and debate will give rise to conversations of heart to heart on essential themes.
-Film about the immensity of the universe
– Theatre, "Job or torture by friends", an original creation by Fabrice Haddad
– Dance, a contemporary scenography on the song of songs created for the event
– Gregorian chant with Damien Poisblaud
-Exceptional sound and light on the facade of the cathedral
– Concert, musical animations and interludes with Paddy Kelly

From 20:00 : In the CathedralImport-1548. jpg
Space of prayer and common meditation
Then silence disposes to meditation, also in the Secret of souls and hearts of those for whom God is a stranger. Inside the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the community of the brothers of Taizé animates a vigil of prayer in the spirit that is theirs: to be a community where one seeks to understand and to reconcile always and, by that, to make visible a small parable of Communion. »
"O thou, the hereafter of all, is it not all that one can sing of thee?" (Attributed to Grégoire de Nazianzus)

 

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The courtyard of the Gentiles
Two days of exchanges and dialogues between believers and non-believers

The Pontifical Council of Culture organizes, with theCatholic Institute of Paris, the launch of a new structure of dialogue between believers and non-believers, called the Courtyard of the Gentiles. This one, on a suggestion of Pope Benedict XVI, is intended to build a space for dialogue "with those for whom religion is a foreign thing, for whom God is unknown, and who, however, would not want to remain simply without God, but approach him to Less as unknown. "

The courtyard of the Gentiles will be the support of various activities: several major symposia per year (Bologna in spring 2011; Stockholm in autumn 2011), the joint writing of plays or the realization of works of art, meetings (e.g. with those who underwent state atheism and seek new ways in Albania, 2011).

Paris was chosen as a strong symbolic place to inaugurate this structure. Thus, on 24 and 25 March 2011, three prestigious sites – UNESCO, the Sorbonne and the Institut de France – will allow several high-ranking personalities from the world of culture to dialogue around the theme "Enlightenment, religions, common reason".

to theUNESCO. This dialogue is fundamentally a matter of culture, a contribution which today's societies have an urgent need, an essential element in the search for peace and the abolition of the rejection of the other in identity assignments. This dialogue has the same relevance for our time as interreligious dialogue. Put in the perspective of globalization, he calls to ask vital questions about the universal and the values.

In SORBONNE. The implementation of this dialogue must be considered in debate. The university place here appears as a forum where fundamental reflections of and on Culture, in the present knowledge, are met. One point deserves to be treated first, that of the inheritance of the Enlightenment, with new types of mutual interpellations between the Enlightenment of reason and those of the faith.

At theInstitute of France. If the new dialogue that is inaugurated wants to bear fruit and not to pay for words, it must go as far as the concrete consequences of what it advocates. The tasks that then open in society require that this reflection be embodied in specific cultural practices, and this is what the five academies that make up the Institut de France represent.

At the end of these two days, the College of the Bernardin Will present in a round table bringing together personalities from the world of culture, the media and the company the global project of the courtyard of the Gentiles.

The whole will be closed on the Notre Dame Square For a popular encounter between young Christians and their friends "for whom religion is a foreign thing, for whom God is unknown, and who, however, would not want to remain simply without God, but approach him at least as unknown," according to the word of Benedict XVI.

"In the square of the unknown..." The feast, the warm and cordial joy invite to come together and share happy moments. Several scenes animate the courtyard throughout the evening, for a sensible approach to the essential. The show allows for self-release; It opens the eyes to the other. After the communion of laughter and emotion, several themes of exchange will give rise to conversations of heart to heart, the dialogues of the forecourt.

The cathedral will be exceptionally open for a vigil where the prayers of the brothers of Taizé invite to silence and inner meditation, in the secret of a mysterious and free face-to-face. Biblical readings and songs from the community will animate this vigil open to all.

The entire event will be broadcast on the Kto TV Channel and on the Www.ktotv.com.

 

Why the "courtyard of the Gentiles"?

This article is excerpted from the weekly Paris Notre-Dame of March 14, 2011.
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Import-1549. jpgPN.-D.-What is the origin of the "Court of the Gentiles" project?
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi – the "Court of the Gentiles" was born from a suggestion made by the pope on December 21, 2009: I think that the church should open a sort of "court of the Gentiles"... Dialogue with religions must now be added to the dialogue with those for whom religion is a foreign thing, for whom God is unknown and who, however, would not want to remain simply without God, but to approach him. If we look carefully at the speeches of Benedict XVI, we regularly find this concern: to develop a dialogue of reason, respectful and daring, with the non believers. It is also quite natural that the Pontifical Council for Culture has seized on this magnificent intuition and that we have set out to shape a structure that develops its spirit.

P.N.-D.-What are the objectives?
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
– We want to go to state universities or large secular cultural institutions, to organize meetings and debates between non-believers and believers, preferably lay people. The themes revolve around the main fundamental anthropological questions. But this dialogue can also take on very different forms, for example the common writing of plays, the meeting and the debate about a work of art, etc. The wish is to contribute to the coming out of a dialectic of opposition between the inheritance of enlightenment and that of faith. We wish to dialogue with the proponents of what I call "noble atheism", and not that which feeds on slogans and stereotypes of low intellectual and moral level.

P.N.-D. – What means are taken for this?
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
– The Pontifical Council for Culture has no other ambition but to give a new impetus to this dialogue. Paris already has a "forecourt" with the Collège des Bernardin, and it is doing remarkable things and very diversified. But Paris mainly has for us a symbolic force that speaks all over Europe: debating the issue in the Sorbonne, it is an extremely strong sign! We will then go to Tirana, Stockholm, Prague, Berlin, Madrid, Geneva, Marseille, etc.

P.N.-D.-What are your expectations related to the 1st edition in Paris?
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
– Let us remember Benedict XVI's speech to the Bernardin: for many, God has truly become the great unknown. In spite of everything, as when behind the many representations of the gods was hidden and presents the question of the unknown God, likewise, today the present absence of God is also tacitly haunted by the question that concerns him. It seems to me that these remarks take on a particular relief in the French intellectual landscape. Some of my Italian friends told me, after the "forecourt" held at the University of Bologna, on 12 February: "Now let's go to Paris to listen to what the French will say in the exciting context of these debates." France conveys a certain image abroad, and it will be interesting to see how great thinkers and men of culture of the city Light help us to identify broad guidelines for the deepening of this dialogue, which I believe of a great relevance to our societies.

Interview by Ariane Rolleer.

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