At the beginning of their study tour, among other activities, students visited the Gregorian University and Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies.
Students will also be involved in interreligious dialogues, visit local holy sites, and attend Sunday mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica. They will also meet with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and participate in worship for the closing of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Saint Paul Outside the Walls on 25 January.
In the last days of their visit, students will be part of the general audience with Pope Francis, and meet with representatives from the community of Sant’ Egidio.
A thematic quote from the student progamme, taken from the booklet for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023, reads: “Jesus has won a decisive victory over injustice, sin and division, and as Christians our task is to receive this victory firstly in our own hearts through prayer and secondly in our lives through action. May we never lose heart, but rather continue to ask in prayer for God’s gift of unity and may we manifest this unity in our lives.”