Patrons in 2016: European
Cardinal Rainer
Maria Woelki
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The Rhine Meeting 2014 took place under the patronage of the European Parliament, represented by President Martin Schulz, and that of Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Joachim Meisner.

The European Parliament

President Martin Schulz writes:

It is wonderful to have so many international notables come to Cologne in order to discuss European identity and the challenges currently facing European societies. Europe cherishes a common philosophical and cultural heritage. We share ideas and rules regarding the power of the people, the separation of powers, the freedom of the press, and human rights. The struggle for democracy and human rights has been a common theme throughout European history, from the Middle Ages to the direct election of the European Parliament, from the Bill of Rights in England to the EU Charta of Fundamental Rights, or from the French Revolution to Solidarność.

I am therefore more than glad to be able to assure you of the EU Parliament’s patronage of your event.

The Archbishop of Cologne

Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Joachim Meisner writes:

I would like to thank you for your letter of 9 May 2013, in which you inform me about your plans to organise the first Rhine Meeting from 15-16 March, and I hereby confirm its receipt. I very much welcome this initiative and will gladly assume patronage for this undertaking.


06 Nov 2016

The Rhine Meeting 2017 will show an exhibition of photos by Barbara Klemm.

05 Nov 2016

The editor of the reformed journal Ecclesia, Dr. Huib Klink, has confirmed his participation for 2017.

04 Nov 2016

The Presentations 2016 by Prof. Dr. Russell Ronald Reno and John Waters are online.

17 Oct 2016

Prof. Dr. Mouhanad Khorchide, director of the Centre for Islamic Theology at the University of Münster, has confirmed his participation for 2017.

02 Oct 2016

The catholic archbishop of Moscow, Dr. Paolo Pezzi, has confirmed his participation for 2017.