Patrons in 2016: European
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Julián   Carrón

Julián Carrón

Since 2005 Fr. Prof. Julián Carrón has led the Catholic movement “Communion and Liberation”, succeeding the founder, Luigi Giussani. He teaches the course “Introduction to Theology” at the Catholic University of Milan.


Adolf   Diefenhardt

Adolf Diefenhardt

Since the Summer of 2015, Dr. Adolf Diefenhardt has worked as general consultant doctor at St. Joseph’s House, Rheinfelden, an institution for 700 people with mental and multiple disabilities. Previously he directed the Lubaga Hospital in Kampala for four years.


Ahmad Milad   Karimi

Ahmad Milad Karimi

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi is an Afghan-German philosopher of religion, Islamicist, publisher and author. Born and raised in Kabul, he fled with his family to Germany at the age of 13. After studying philosophy and Islamic studies at Freiburg im Breisgau and New Delhi, he completed a philosophy doctorate on Hegel and Heidegger. Since 2012, Karimi has taught Kalām, Islamic philosophy and mysticism at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.


Gerhard Ludwig   Müller

Gerhard Ludwig Müller

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the former Bishop of Regensburg, was called to join the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. Since 2012 he has been Prefect of the Congregation. Pope Francis confirmed him in this office and in February 2014 created him Cardinal.


Stephan Neuhoff

Stephan Neuhoff was Director of the Cologne Fire Service from 1989 until his retirement in the Spring of 2014. After studying mechanical engineering at Aachen Technical University, the native of Cologne completed fire brigade management training, before starting work for Cologne’s professional fire service, where he soon assumed the leadership role. During his term of service, a major flood in 1993 and the collapse of the Cologne city archives took place, as well as several large events such as World Youth Day 2005 and the football World Championship 2006. Stephan Neuhoff continues to teach rescue engineering at Cologne Technical College and sits on the boards of several professional associations.

Franz   Reimer

Franz Reimer

Prof. Dr. Franz Reimer is Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory at the Justus Liebig University, Gießen. Born in Bonn, he studied law at Bonn, Oxford and Freiburg, where he received his doctorate, where he then worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Political Science and Philosophy of Law. After qualifying as a professor in 2007 he accepted a call to the Justus Liebig University in Gießen and while there has served since 2012 as executive director of the Rudolf von Jhering Institute for Fundamental Research in Legal Theory.


Russell Ronald Reno

Prof. Dr. Russell Ronald Reno is the editor of the journal First Things. He studied religion at Haverford College and later at Yale University, where he completed his doctoral studies in religious ethics. The author of many books and commentaries in the area of Biblical studies, he taught for many years at Creighton University before assuming the editorship at First Things.


Friedrich-Leopold   Graf zu Stolberg Stolberg

Friedrich-Leopold Graf zu Stolberg Stolberg

Friedrich-Leopold Graf zu Stolberg Stolberg has been the Presiding Judge of the District Court in Görlitz since 2008. After studying law and history, he worked initially at the district court in Dresden, and then as press officer for the German Ministry of Justice. After working in the district courts of Hoyerswerda and Bautzen, and as a public prosecutor, he became Presiding Judge of the District Court in Görlitz. He also directed the office for employment cases in higher administrative service for the Justice Ministry of the German Federal State of Sachsen.

John   Waters

John Waters

John Waters is a journalist and writer based in Ireland. He has been writing for Irish newspapers since 1981 and contributing to the Irish Times for 23 years. Since 2014 he has been working as a columnist for the Irish Independent. He has authored several books, audio books, stage plays, and song lyrics.


Joseph H. H.   Weiler

Joseph H. H. Weiler

Prof. Dr. Joseph H. H. Weiler is the President of the European University Institute in Florence. Previously he taught law at Harvard Law School, before becoming Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice at New York University. He has taught as a visiting fellow at universities around the world, including University College London and University of Copenhagen, and is Co-Director of the Academy for International Trade Law in Macao. His primary interests are European integration, trade and globalisation, democracy, and the relationship between law and religion. He is the editor of the Journal of International Law of the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Among his many writings appearing in different languages are Der Fall Steinmann und Un’Europa cristiana.

Frank Wendt

Dr. Frank Wendt is a research fellow and teacher at the Institute of Forensic Psychiatry at the Charité in Berlin. Before this he had studied medicine and forensic medicine and practiced psychiatry as a doctor. He is one of the editors of the psychiatry and psychotherapy text book Irren ist menschlich (To Err is Human) and numerous scholarly articles. He acts as an expert witness in criminal cases.

Rainer Maria   Woelki

Rainer Maria Woelki

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has been the Archbishop of Cologne since 2014. Consecrated a priest in 1985, he received his Doctorate in 2000 in Rome. He was Auxiliary Bishop of Cologne between 2003 and 2011, before the Pope appointed him Archbishop of Berlin in 2011, and in 2012 Cardinal Archbishop. His archiepiscopal motto is “Nos sumus testes” – “We are witnesses” (c.f. Acts 5:32).


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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.