Patrons in 2016: European
Cardinal Rainer
Maria Woelki
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Complementing the series of talks, the exhibition When Values Come to Life will be shown all day. A child-care service is available.

All program items except the Holy Mass take place in Maternussaal, Maternushaus, Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1-3, 50668 Köln.

Friday, 26 February 2016


Flight and Freedom. The Role of Religion in the Question of Refugees in Germany

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi, Professor of Kalām, Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Saturday, 27 February 2016


Welcome Address

Fr. Dr. Gianluca Carlin, President of the Rhine Meeting


The Truth Will Set You Free

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Rome


Free Action and Free Decision. Examples from Working Life

Dr. Adolf Diefenhardt, general consultant doctor at St. Joseph’s House, Rheinfelden

Stephan Neuhoff, former director of the Cologne fire brigade


Freedom and Identity. Social Perspectives

Prof. Dr. Russell Ronald Reno, editor of the journal First Things, New York

John Waters, Columnist with the Irish Independent, Dublin

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Franz Reimer, Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Vortragstexte (auf Englisch) herunterladen


Jazz Concert

Big Band, St.-Ursula-Gymnasium Brühl

Sunday, 28 February 2016


Holy Mass in St. Ursula,
Ursulaplatz 24, 50668 Köln

Main celebrant: Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne


The Choice of Abraham and the Challenges of the Present

Video of a conversation at the Meeting for the Friendship Among Peoples in Rimini

Prof. Dr. Joseph H. H. Weiler, President of the European University Institute, Florence

Fr. Prof. Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Professor of Introduction to Theology, Katholische Universität Mailand


Freedom and Responsibility of the Person

Friedrich-Leopold Graf zu Stolberg Stolberg, Presiding Judge of the District Court in Görlitz

Dr. Frank Wendt, teacher at the Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, Berlin



Fr. Dr. Gianluca Carlin, President of the Rhine Meeting


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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.