IKJPII’s second birthday: Theatrical play “The Job”, George Weigel’s lecture and employment at “JP2 Studies”

1. “Work” by Karol Wojtyla directed by Jaroslav Kilian with the participation of Angelikum students – May 18, hours. 18.30 // Church of St. Dominic and Sixtus at St. Peter’s Pontifical University. Thomas Aquinas in Rome

On the basis of the biblical book of Job, twenty-year-old Karol Wojtyla created a moving meditation on human destiny, reinterpreting human history from the Land of Oz in the spirit of Christian hope. During the course organized by the Institute of Culture at St. John Paul II, students of the Pontifical University of Saint John Paul II. Tomasz Aquinas has analyzed this drama and prepared to show it under the supervision of Professor. Killian.

A show to mark the second anniversary of the founding of St. John Paul II, starting at 6.30 pm at St. Dominic and Sixtus Chapel at St. Peter’s Pontifical University. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Free entry – you are welcome!

Karol Wojtyla has been associated with theater for several decades as a critic, essayist, philosopher, theorist and playwright. As a young student in Polish Studies in Krakow, during World War II 1941, he co-founded the Rapsodic Theater with Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. He was not only an outstanding actor of this theater, but also contributed to the formation of his main ideas, which also prepared him for future service.

Bolesław Taborski, translating “Job” into English, said of the future pope: Karol Wojtyła, as a playwright, was not indebted to anyone and constantly built his own vision of the drama of human existence: a vision of man’s place on earth in God’s plan of creation.

a. Yaroslav Kilian is an art historian and theater director. He received a grant from the British Council and the US State Department. He trained as a theater director under Peter Brook in Vienna. Since 2016, he has been the director of the Lalka Theater in Warsaw. He directed operas, outdoor performances, children’s plays and, above all, theatrical productions of European and Polish masterpieces: Moliere, William Shakespeare, Julius Swaki and Alexander Fredero.

The show’s organizers are St. John Paul II and the Polish Institute in Rome. It was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

2. The George Weigl Lecture: Reflections on Vatican Politics. The Saint as Head of State – 4:30 p.m. // Aula Minor at Angelicum

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What was the impact of Vatican politics in the 1960s and 1970s on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe? How do we understand the relations of the Vatican with China and the situation of local Christians? On what is the diplomacy of the Holy See based and do we have a chance to gain at least a minimum of insight about its meanders? According to George Weigel, answering this last question requires three steps back: first to 1870, then to 1929, and finally to 1962. This retrieval will also allow us to confront the first problems that are so important to us today. Meditations will be conducted by the world’s most famous biographer of John Paul II.

3 – Appointment in “JP2 Studies”

From 18 May we invite you to register for the second edition of Janopawłowe Studies (JP2 Studies) – an annual interdisciplinary study program on the thought and work of St. John Paul II. Lessons are held in English at the famous Romanian University – at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome – where Karol Wojtyła wrote his Ph.D. Among the lecturers there are, among others Cezary Binkiewicz OP, Michał Gierycz, Francis R. Hittinger, Jarosław Kupczak OP, Michael Nazir-Ali, George Weigel.

– I decided to take part in the JP2 studies, because by teaching John Paul II I want to learn how to look at people through the eyes of love – just like him ”- these are the words of a participant in the “Janopawłowe Studies” program

– I am very happy that I can contribute to this important initiative – says the professor. George Weigel, biographer and preeminent expert in the teaching of Saint John. John Paul II, also one of the lecturers on JP2 Studies. – I hope it helps students see the world through the prism of John Paul II’s ideas and teachings. Not only for himself as the extraordinary man he was of course, but also for one who had a profound ability to analyze and identify the sources of the crisis of modern civilization. George Weigl adds, in my opinion, this analysis is especially worth exploring today.

It can be said that studies on the thought of John Paul II go back to their source. I think the choice of Angelicum is of great and important value to the entire initiative. Of course, it is also important that St. The location of John Paul II was in Rome, because in this way he has the possibility of international influence. At Angelikum, future bishops and cardinals from all over the world are learning right from the start – says Jaroslaw Kopczak O.P., president of the Polish Association of Dogmatic Theologians, a leading expert in John Paul II theology, and also lecturer in JP2 Studies

Our proposal is unique: they are excellent lecturers, who think not only of John Paul II, but also of him, a great university, and the eternal city. I think it can be a wonderful life adventure for students – says Dr. Dariush Karovic, Director of the St. John Paul II.

More information for those interested in studies can be found at: JP2studies@pust.it

St. John Paul II is an interdisciplinary research and educational institution founded in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome on the centenary of the birth of John Paul II. The mission of the Institute is to reflect on the most important problems of the Church and the contemporary world, inspired by the life and ideas of the saint. John Paul II. Therefore the aim of the Institute is not only to study the achievements of the great Pope, but also to reflect with him on the most important questions of spiritual culture, such as solidarity, mercy, Christian art and the place of the Church in modern times. The world or the spiritual crisis of Europe.

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