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by Britta Kägler

As usual, the - this time 125th - General Assembly of the Görres Society took place at the end of September. Tübingen presented itself in sunny autumn weather, which at most made the sunny Romans still freeze in the morning. The programme was tightly timed and traditionally began with a lecture on the conference venue. Under the title "Reflecting on Eberhard", the regional historian Prof. Dr. Sigrid Hirbodian took up the intense debate about the name of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and contextualised the life and work of Eberhard im Barte, Duke of Württemberg and founder of the University in Tübingen.

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For exactly ten years now, the Römertreffen, i.e. the informal meeting of former or active members of the RIGG, has been held at the General Assemblies of the Görres Society. The first time in 2013, the General Assembly was in Tübingen, the chosen venue for the evening round was Ranitzky am Markt. This year the General Assembly will - how appropriate! - will be in Tübingen again and the meeting will be held this time in the Neckarmüller restaurant. In all those years - except in Covid times - the meetings were held, always on Saturday evenings after the reception. But the tradition of such meetings goes back much further, to the time before the Second World War.

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After the conference in February 2018 on the papal historian Ludwig Pastor (1854-1928), which was also partly held at the RIGG (here on the book), Andreas Sohn and Jacques Verger (both Paris) are organising another conference on Pastor on 14-15 September at the Premonstratensian Abbey of Wilten in Innsbruck. Bernard Ardura, Andreas Gottsmann, Volker Leppin, REinhard Meßner, Christof Paulus, Christine Grafinger and Paolo Vian are among the speakers. Winfried Becker speaks about "Ludwig von Pastor and the Görres Society".


The Gesellschaft zur Konziliengeschichtsforschung (Society for Research on the History of Councils), led by Prof. Dr Johannes Grohe (Rome) and Prof. Dr Thomas Prügl (Vienna), is holding an outstanding conference at the University of Bamberg in the run-up to the 1700th anniversary of the first ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325). Among the speakers are Thomas Graumann, Evangelos Chrysos, Josef Rist, Hanns Christof Brennecke, Matthias Simperl, Giulio Maspero, Winfried Büttner, Petar Vrancic, Alberto Ferreiro, Johann Anton Zieme, Ralf van Bühren, Uwe Michael Lang, Ansgar Frenken, Ulli Roth, Peter Bruns, Szilvia Somogyi and Federica G. Giordani.


The volume by Stefan Heid "Altar und Kirche. Prinzipien christlicher Liturgie" (2019) will be published in English this autumn by the Catholic University of America Press in Washington (translator Susan Johnson), in co-edition with the publishing house Schnell & Steiner in Regensburg. In this way, the third German edition can appear simultaneously in the same layout. The new English and German editions are heavily revised.

Diocesan history in the German-speaking region has always been a focus of Erwin Gatz, director of the RIGG until 2010. We are therefore particularly pleased to draw attention to the conference to be held in Mainz on 10-11 November 2023 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Gesellschaft für mittelrheinische Kirchengeschichte. Among the illustrious speakers are Christoph Kösters, Barbara Wieland, Andreas Holzem, Bernhard Schneider, Jürgen Bärsch, Matthias Kloft and Claus Arnold.


The private trip of the lecturers and staff of the Pontifical Institute for Christian Archaeology to Reichenstein Castle on the Rhine near Bingen was a delight thanks to the sunny weather, the perfect organisation by Courtial Reisen, the hospitality of the owner of the castle, Lambert Lensing-Wolff, a descendant of Nikolaus Kirsch-Puricelli, and the competent guides by Dr Albrecht Weiland.

SEE the moovie

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The new Ratzinger Academy at the Institute for Religious Studies of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro deals with the thought - in exegesis, ecclesiology, anthropology, aesthetics - of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. The focus is on the integration of Joseph Ratzinger's thought into the cultural dynamics of contemporary society.

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