Edict of Milan Seminar Program

 Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan: 1700 Years Later
“Religious Freedom Today” 

A Seminar of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
In collaboration with CCEE 

Venue: Conrad Hotel, Beşiktaş
Istanbul, 17-18 May 2013


Arrivals, Thursday Afternoon, 16 May 2013

FRIDAY 17 MAY 2013

Session 1   9:00-10.30


  • Greeting from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  • Message from His Holiness Pope Francis

Joint Moderators:

  • His Eminence Cardinal Péter Erdö, CCEE President
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Keynote Address:

  • Professor Ramsay MacMullen, Yale University
    “The story behind the Toleration Edict of 313”

  • Monsignor Dr. Francesco Braschi, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan
    “The legal story behind the Toleration Edict of 313”

10:30   Break


Session 2   11:00-12:30

Religious Freedom from the Perspective of the Faith Communities

Moderator: Mgr. Duarte da Cunha, CCEE General Secretary

  • Jewish perspective: Rabbi Ishak Haleva, Chief Rabbi of Turkey
  • Orthodox Christian perspective: Dr. Christos Tsironis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Roman Catholic perspective: Fr. Dr. João Seabra, Catholic University (Lisbon)
  • Muslim perspective: Dr. Semiha Topal, Gediz University

12:30-14:30   Break and Lunch


Session 3   14:30-16:00
The Reality of Religious Freedom in the World

Moderator: His Excellency Youssef Soueif, Maronite Archbishop in Cyprus

  • Report from Aid to the Church in Need, Peter Sefton-Williams
  • Testimony on the situation of Christians in the Middle East,
    His Grace Bishop Maroun Elias Lahham
  • Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,
    Archon Skevophylax Constantine G. Caras, Order of St. Andrew (USA)

16:00   Break

Session 4   16:30-18:00
The Relationship Between Religion, Politics and Society

Moderator: His Eminence Metropolitan Nifon of Târgovişte

  • The Hon. Luca Volontè, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
  • Prof. Marco Ventura, Catholic University (KU Leuven)
    “Reconciling Power and Prophecy in the Struggle of Believers with Law and Religion”
  • Bruce Clark, The Economist
    “Writing on Religion for the British Press: Constraints and Opportunities”

Final Message

  • His Grace Mgr. Roland Minnerath, CCEE
  • Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Closing prayer   18:30

  • His Eminence Cardinal Péter Erdö, CCEE President

Dinner   19:30 


10:00   Visit to Hereke, site of Constantine’s death (Buses depart from Conrad)

Departures, Monday, 20 May 2013






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