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Catholic Cultural Centres

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The Pontifical Council for Culture is pleased to present - with the support of the Coordinating Council of the Catholic Academies in Germany - the Database of Catholic Cultural Centres, which is meant to foster more frequent communication and more effective co-operation between the centres. This new revised, updated and expanded edition shows the rich and varied character of Catholic cultural centres, in terms of what they are called, their orientation, the areas they cover and the activities undertaken. So the very title “Catholic cultural centre” is to be understood in a broad sense, reflecting the rich diversity of cultural situations in different countries, where different interests and activities respond to the local needs in sync with the social and cultural traditions of each place.

For all their rich variety, these centres have one thing in common: the cultural activities they offer reflect their constant concern for the relationship between faith and cultures. This relationship is developed through dialogue, scientific research, personal formation and the promotion of a culture which faith inspires and makes fruitful, lively and dynamic.

Catholic cultural centres are public forums, places where people meet and reflect, study and learn, exchange ideas and develop the dialogue between faith and cultures. In the broad context of globalisation, they offer Catholics and anyone else interested in culture opportunities for useful contact and conversation about the world and history, religion, culture and science, all of which helps to discern those values that can throw new light on existence and give meaning to life (cf. Ecclesia in Africa, 103).

The forms may be filled in and sent to the Pontifical Council for Culture. This will mean new centres can be included. Useful details concerning this Database will also be most welcome: changes of address and, above all, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail and web addresses.

With these additions this reference and consultation document will encourage better co-ordination and co-operation between the centres, and increase their influence and effectiveness throughout the world, so that they can promote and animate an ever more fruitful dialogue between faith and cultures.