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Cardinal Ravasi thanks UFV for their suppor for dialogue between reason and faith

The Casina Pio IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, in the Vatican gardens, hosted yesterday afternoon the ceremony to award the first edition of the Expanded Reason Awards.

The event was presided over by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture. Fr. Federico Lombardi, S. J., President of the Ratzinger Foundation, and the Rector of the UFV, Daniel Sada, also participated.
Cardinal Ravasi demanded the overcoming of an excessive specialization of knowledge and thanked the Francisco de Vitoria University for its commitment with the Prizes to open reason and make possible a real transdisciplinarity among the different fields of knowledge. Citing Apple founder Steve Jobs, Cardinal Ravasi said that “technology alone is not enough. It takes marriage between technology and humanistic disciplines to bring about real change.

For his part, Fr. Lombardi referred to the celebration of the awards ceremony as a “feast”. He assured that “Pope Benedict XVI is regularly informed about the development of this initiative. “We feel it very close, even if he can’t be physically with us. One of the great themes of his teaching is undoubtedly that of expanded reason, in a society which denies a scientific status to Theology and Philosophy, which entails a reduction of man and a diminution of the dignity of the human person. Reason, as Benedict XVI taught us so many times, can and must seek reason”.


Finally, The Rectot of UFV, Daniel Sada, thanked the Ratzinger-Benedetto XVI Foundation for its support and assured that it was “the culmination of the first stage of a journey”. The Rector asked himself how to be relevant and how to influence the lives of students and society. “The creative minorities of which Benedict XVI spoke must come from our Catholic universities,”Daniel Sada stressed.

Fr. Lombardi, at the end of the ceremony, announced the convocation of the second edition of the Expanded Reason Awards. There will be 100,000 euros in prizes, distributed in four awards, two in each category (teaching and research). Entries can be submitted from 1 October.

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The rector of UFV presents the Expanded Reason Awards at the Vatican’s Press Office

The Rector of the University Francisco de Vitoria, Daniel Sada Castaño, presented the Expanded Reason Awards at the Vatican’s Sala Stampa. In his speech, he thanked the Holy See for its support, referred briefly to the prize-winning works and advanced the announcement of the second edition.

“The Catholic University will be so not only because it has catholic teachers or crucifixes in the classrooms, but above all because of what happens in its classrooms and how it uses reason. The aim of this initiative is to “go out into the periphery of the University and dialogue with the dominant culture”, underlined the Rector.

The award-winning works approach subjects as diverse as the development of moral conscience, economics and enterprise seen from the Church’s Social Doctrine, determinism and freedom, the care of the Earth, the integral understanding of health and the narration in videogames.

The awards ceremony will take place tomorrow, Wednesday at 5 p. m. at the Academy of Sciences (The Vatican). You can watch it live on the Youtube channel of the Expanded Reason Awards.

The presentation of the Awards in the Sala Stampa is part of the press conference offered by the Foundation Ratzinger – Benedict XVI to present the activities of this academic year 2017-2018.

Cardinal Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, introduced the event and announced the winners of other awards this year, the Ratzinger Awards, which are now in their seventh year.

Father Lombardi, president of the Foundation, has spoken about the nature and activities of the Vatican Foundation itself, and the Rector of the Catholic University of Costa Rica has presented the Congress that, also in collaboration with the Ratzinger Foundation, will take place next November in the Latin American country, on the encyclical Laudato Si and the care of the common house.

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The winners travel to Rome to celebrate the Expanded Reason Awards

Darcia Narváez, Michael Schuck, Nancy C. Tuchman, Claudia Vanney, Laura Baritz O. P, Alberto Oliván, Arturo Encinas and Christopher Cook are already in Rome to celebrate the first edition of the Expanded Reason Awards.
The ceremony will take place at 17:00 hrs on september 27th, at the Vatican Academy of Sciences.  The ceremony will be led by the director of the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI, Federico Lombardi, and the rector of the University Francisco de Vitoria, Daniel Sada Castaño.
During the ceremony, the launch of the second edition of the Expanded Reason Awards will be announced, which opens the period for the submission of entries onOctober 1st, 2017.
On the other hand, and regarding the presentation of the Prizes, a two-day congress will be held. During the congress a group of professors from the UFV will have a research and reflection meeting with the winners of the first edition of the Prizes. The congress will be celebrated at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum (Tuesday) and at the Colegio Español (Thursday).
On Tuesday morning, at 11 a. m., the Stampa Hall has called a press conference in which various activities of the Ratzinger Foundation will be presented, in which Cardinal Ravasi and Fr. In this press conference the Rector of the UFV, Daniel Sada, will speak about the Open Reason Awards.
This year’s edition of the Awards, together with the recognition of researchers and teachers, seeks to create and consolidate an Expanded Reason Community that can result a meeting forum for all those who want to investigate according to Benedict XVI’s intuition of widening the horizons of reason.
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The Expanded Reason Awards winners have been selected

After receiving 367 works from 170 universities and over 30 countries, the international jury, meeting at the University Francisco de Vitoria, has chosen four winners and two honorable mentions that best answered the challenge of actively promoting a dialogue between sciences and theology/philosophy.

The Awards ceremony will take place at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on September 27th.