Visions of Europe

Young Scholars’ Conference
of the
European Society for Catholic Theology

February 16th-18th, 2023

The youth conference is the part of the series of three events organized by the European Society for Catholic Theology (ESCT) around the topic of Europe. The series starts in September 2022, when Students from Central Europe will meet at Europe (Re)Discovered, the 7th International PPHF Summer School; and it will conclude in August 2023 at the biennial ESCT Congress on EUROPE: Spiritual Resources for the Future in Pécs.

The youth conference is organized by ESCT and the Episcopal Theological College of Pécs in cooperation with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Veszprém and the Archepiscopal College of Veszprém.

The main goal of the conference is to bring young theologians together in Veszprém from different countries of Europe and to conceive new visions concerning the future of the continent.

The plenary speeches and parallel sessions are open to all audiences.



György Udvardy

Archbishop of Veszprém

Margit Eckholt

President of ESCT

József Sebestyén

Rector, Archepiscopal College of Veszprém

Piotr Morciniec


Mark Zammit


László Gájer


Navracsics Tibor

Minister for Regional Development

Gusztáv Kovács

Vice-President of ESCT

Sigrid Müller


Ferenc Janka


Joao Duque




17.30-18.00 Welcome Speeches

György Udvardy (Archbishop of Veszprém)
Margit Eckholt (President of ESCT)
Gusztáv Kovács (Vice-President of ESCT)
József Sebestyén (Rector, Archepiscopal College of Veszprém)

18.00-18.30 Opening speech

Tibor Navracsics (Minister for Regional Development)

18.30-20.00 Dinner

20.00-22.00 The Vision of Europe at the Cinema with Marek Lis (Opole)


9.00-10.30 Visions of Europe by Senior Theologians

Sigrid Müller (Wien)
You are the future

Piotr Morciniec (Opole)
Projekt Solidarność

Ferenc Janka (Veszprém)
Einheit in legitimer Verschiedenheit. Impulse für Europa von einer trinitarisch inspirierten Anthropologie

Mark Zammit (Malta)
Europe: Be yourself. Reflecting upon Europe’s success and failures

Joao Duque (Lisboa)
Identität als Exposition: Europa und die Anderen

László Gájer (Budapest)
Fraternity and a New Agora: The Recent Popes’ Vision for Europe

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.30 Round tables

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Parallel Sections (1-2-3) to the section

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Parallel Sections (4-5-6) to the section

18.30-20.00 Dinner

Evening: Dinner and traditional Hungarian folk-dance house


8.30-10.00 Parallel Sections (7-8) to the section

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-12.00 Parallel Sections (9-10) to the section

There can be no doubt that the Christian faith belongs, in a radical and decisive way, to the foundations of European culture.

Pope John Paul II

Europe, find yourself! Rediscover your most deeply-rooted ideals. Be yourself! Do not be afraid of your millenary history, which is a window open to the future more than the past.

Pope Francis

Christians today have a great responsibility: they are called to serve as a leaven in reviving Europe’s conscience and help to generate processes capable of awakening new energies in society.

Pope Francis

By valuing its Christian roots, Europe will be able to give a secure direction to the choices of its citizens and peoples, it will strengthen their awareness of belonging to a common civilization and it will nourish the commitment of all to address the challenges of the present for the sake of a better future.

Pope Benedict XVI

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Visions of Europe

Young Scholars’ Conference of the European Society for Catholic Theology
February 16th-18th, 2023