Patrons in 2016: European
Cardinal Rainer
Maria Woelki
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The Rhine Meeting 2016 is held under the patronage of the European Parliament, represented by Martin Schulz, and of the Archbishop of Cologne, Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki.

The European Parliament

President Martin Schulz writes:

The European Union is founded on the following values: respect for human dignity; freedom; democracy; equality; the rule of law; and the protection of human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minority groups. Your initiative, which brings young Europeans together to participate in an open dialogue about the basic values of the EU, illuminated by a variety of perspectives, is therefore highly appreciated by our institution.

Since the European Parliament has always supported projects promoting common European values and contributing to inter-cultural dialogue, strengthening a shared sense of European identity, I am very glad to assure the Rhine Meeting of the patronage of the European Parliament.

The Archbishop of Cologne

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki assumes the patronage of the Rhine Meeting 2016, as his predecessor Joachim Kardinal Meisner had done for the editions of 2014 and 2015.


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.