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Lorenzetti participated in the “First Encounter of America in Dialogue – Our Common House” at the Vatican

The president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Ricardo Lorenzetti, participated in the Vatican City in the “First America Encounter in Dialogue – Our Common House”, which was held this Wednesday and Thursday, organized by the OAS and the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue.

Lorenzetti made a keynote presentation at the session “Laudato Sí: The challenges of our common home”, where he spoke on the following topics: judicial decisions illustrating the planetary crisis, its consequences and trends in the Americas: the water crisis and biodiversity .


Full program


September the 7th and 8th, 2016 – Vatican City- Italy

September 7th

8.30 a.m. – 9.00 a.m. Registration and admission

Facilitator: OAS-Vatican


9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Opening session

Introduction and coordination: Dr. Adalberto Rodríguez Giavarini. Ex-Chancellor of the Argentine Republic and President of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI).

Welcome by Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran- President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Presentation by Dr. Luis Almagro- Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS).

10:00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. The experience of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue (IDI)

Introduction and coordination: Dr. Jorge Enríquez, Undersecretary of Justice of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

Presbyter Guillermo Marcó, Deputy Omar Abboud, Rabbi Daniel Goldman.


This agenda item will focus on sharing the IDI experience in the dialogue between the Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faiths in order to lay the foundations for sharing experiences in the Americas on the protection of the common home as an essential benchmark.


11.00 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. Coffee


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 m. Laudato Sí: The challenges of our common home: Keynote Presentation by Minister Ricardo Lorenzetti, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Argentine Nation.

Introduction and coordination: S.E. Rogelio Pfirter, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Holy See.

A reflection on what is happening in our common home, its consequences and emerging trends in the Americas. On the basis of illustrative judicial decisions, planetary inequality and the impact of the crisis on the human and natural environment will also be discussed. This keynote presentation will lay the foundation for dialogue on experiences, approaches and responses, including those of the judicial powers of the Americas in relation to the care of the common home.


12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. The vision of the Encyclical Laudato Sí in religious experiences

Introduction and coordination: Dr. Hugo Sigman, Editorial Intellectual Capital.

-Mgr. Angel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

-Rabino Nilton Bonder, Congregaçao Judaica do Brasil

-Dr. Hussein Rashid, Barnard College, Columbia University, NY. USES

The session will address the knowledge generated by various religious and exegetical sources that enrich dialogue and common approaches to the traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.


1:00 pm. – 2:30 pm. Free lunch


2.30 p. m. – 3.30 pm. Plenary on experiences of intercultural and interreligious dialogue in the various countries of the American continent.

Facilitator: OAS, Sergio Jellinek, Advisor to the Secretary General

The Master presentation to the dialogue will be in charge of Dra. Lorena Herrera, Vice President of the Republic of Honduras.

-Ana María Bidegain, Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University: Nature, Women and intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

-I KNOW. Elisa Ruiz Diaz, Ambassador, Representative of Paraguay to the OAS: Experience of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This plenary session will make contributions towards the establishment of an inter-American network of intercultural and interreligious dialogue for the care of the common home.


3.30 p.m. 4.00 p.m Inter-American Court of Human Rights – Judge Roberto de Figueiredo Caldas, President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Experience of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, inclusion, promotion of dialogue and the environment.

Presentation by Dr. Lucas Randle. President of the organization Techo Argentina.


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm. Laudato Sí: Approaches and Answers, consolidating the dialogue between the Judicial Powers of the Americas.

Facilitator: S.E. Mariano Fernández Amunátegui, Ambassador of Chile to the Holy See.

Minister Alfredo Gutiérrez Ortíz Mena, President of the First Chamber, Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico: Answers from the Judiciary to current problems: the human and social dimension of the approach given to ecology in Laudato Sí.

Minister Sergio Muñoz- President, Constitutional Chamber, Supreme Court of Justice of Chile: Laudato Sí: Fundamental and Emerging Principles, Action Protocol on Access Rights and the Environment.

Possible responses from the judiciary to the current problems of humanity will be discussed in this session, within the framework of the OAS initiative on the Common House. The Ministers will make a thematic introduction of 5-8 minutes each and afterwards will conduct a discussion based on directed questions.


5:00 pm. – 5:30 pm. Next steps towards promoting dialogue in the Americas.

Introduction and Coordination: Rabbi Marcelo Rittner Comunidad Bet-El, Mexico.

-To the Formation of the Hemispheric Dialogue Network for the common house.

-Conformation of the Council for Interreligious Dialogue for the Americas.

-Proposals for future activities in the hemisphere.

End of the day of the first day



September 8th

9:00 am. Conclusions and Document.

  • Rapporteur’s Report: Preparation and presentation of conclusions.

Dr. Claudia de Windt, General Secretariat of the OAS.


10.00 a.m. Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis.