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To Caesar and to God: Church and Politics

When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 15:00 - Sunday, December 1, 2019 13:30
Where: Anagni, Sala Della Ragione (Italy).

The two-day conference organized in Anagni, Italy by Magna Carta Foundation and ECPM, brought together professors, current and former members of the Italian Parliament, theologians and journalists.

The conference was dedicated to studying the relations between the Church and State during the last three pontificates. Following the substantive presentations in which the three pontiffs were compared, a debate followed in which 40 people had the opportunity to present their views on the matter.


On behalf of ECPM, board member Ladislav Ilčić presented our message of encouragement for an active involvement in politics on the part of every Christian.

To Caesar and to God. Church and Politics

30 november-1 December 2019

From 30 November to 1 December 2019, Magna Carta, in collaboration for the first time with ECPM, organized the yearly conference To Caesar and to God. Church and Politics in the Papacy of John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

The two-day conference organized in Anagni, Italy, brought together professors, current and former members of the Italian Parliament, theologians and journalists. After an introduction by GAETANO QUAGLIARIELLO, leader of IDEA party and president of Fondazione Magna Carta, more than 70 participants heard lectures given by EUGENIA ROCCELLA, Journalist and former MP, EUGENIO CAPOZZI, Professor of History, Suor Orsola Benincasa University and SANDRO MAGISTER Vatican Journalist L’Espresso Magazine. Following the substantive presentations in which the three pontiffs were compared, there was a debate in which 40 people had the opportunity to present their views on the matter.

On behalf of ECPM, board member Ladislav Ilčić presented our message of encouragement for an active involvement in politics on the part of every Christian. The separation between the Church and the State is valid; however, there should not be a separation between faith and politics for a Christian. That involvement may take various forms. The three popes referred to in this context, each showed a different style of relating to politics that brought them both praise and criticism. Their voice on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church cannot be ignored as it influences millions of Christians around the world. However, as Mr. Ilčić rightly pointed out, Jesus Christ is the most important person for the Church and His Word, the Bible, should be the foundation of every Christian, even Christian politicians.