The Dicastery is able to call on the collaboration of its Consultors who are nominated for a five-year term by the Holy Father in order to study those questions that are of particular importance. They can be invited to offer an individual opinion or invited to meetings to discuss various questions.

Edoardo Adé

Eduard Adé 2

Prof. Edouard Adé is a priest of the diocese of Cotonou, Benin. He is Secretary General of the UCAO, Catholic Univeristy of West Africa and is regional director of the Center "Notre Dame de l'Inculturation". He is the author of several books, including "L'Eglise au Bénin, Meditation sur la relève missionary".


Edward Alam


Edward J. Alam is Professor at Notre Dame University-Louaizé (NDU), Lebanon, in the Faculty of Humanities, where he has taught philosophy, cultural studies, and theology since 1996. He was General Secretary of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy from 2009-2012, and now is Director of the Council in Lebanon and the Near East. The Council specializes in philosophical research and has a 300+ Volume Book Series titled “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change”.  He is a founding member of the International Institute of Ethics and Contemporary Issues, housed at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. He is the Executing Officer of the Lebanon: Land of Dialogue Among Civilizations and Cultures Initiative housed at NDU, Lebanon, and has published widely in the fields of philosophy, theology, religion/science, and metaphysics/mysticism. 

Piero Benvenuti


Prof. Piero Benvenuti teaches astrophysics of higher energies at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Padua and is Director of the Centre for Space Studies and Activity “G. Colombo” of the same university. He was formerly president of the National Institute of Astrophysics and sub-Commissar of the Italian Space Agency. He teaches the Course “Science and Faith" at the Triveneto Faculty of Theology.


Paul Béré, SJ


Paul Béré is a Jesuit from Burkina Faso born in 1966. He teaches and researches Biblical sciences at the Jesuit Institute of Theology and the Catholic University of West Africa / University Unit of Abidjan (Ivory Coast). His doctoral research in biblical sciences at the Pontifical Biblical Institue looked at the figure of Joshua in the eponymous book (2007). In his current research he looks at the Hebrew bible and the role of texts in oral cultures.



Ralf van Bühren


Ralf van Bühren (Germany) is Professor of Art history and Architectural history at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome (School of Communication, School of Theology). He works on how art empowers a culture-changing dialogue in secular society.

His publications and teaching specialize in the history of Christian art and sacred architecture, in visual rhetoric, in pastoral concern for artists, in cultural journalism, and in the pastoral potentialities of the cultural heritage of the Church. He also deals with the correlation of aesthetics and spirituality, together with the liturgical art after the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council.



Santiago Calatrava Valls


Dr. H.C. Santiago Calatrava Valls architect, engineer, sculptor and artist studied at the school of arts in Valencia before moving to study at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia where his post-graduate work was in urban planning up until 1975, after which, as a qualified architect, he moved to Zurich and the Federal Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) to study civil engineering, obtaining a diploma in civil engineering and a doctorate in technical sciences in 1981. Dr. Calatrava taught at Yale and at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and is currently honorary professor at Technion in Israel.

Dr. Calatrava has exhibited at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York) in 1993, at the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), at the Museum Kunsthistorisches in Vienna, at the state Museum of the Hermitage in St Petersburg, at the Scuderia del Quirinale, Rome, in Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, at the National Pinacoteca Athens, at the National Gallery of Berlin, amid others. He lives and works between New York and Zurich.


Glen Chatelier


Mr. Glen Chatelier was born into a devoted Catholic family of educators in India, Mr. Chatelier received his early and tertiary level education in India.  He holds a master's degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A., through a Graduate fellowship from Rotary International. Currently serving as Director of International Affairs, Mr. Glen Chatelier has lived in Thailand and taught at Assumption University for 25 years. His former position was the Chair of the Department of Business English, the Faculty of Arts at Assumption University. As a published poet in Thailand, Mr. Glen Chatelier writes in the modified sonnet form and for the past 18 years has written in celebration of special anniversaries and birthdays for Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. 

Choe Hyondok


Choe Hyondok is since July 2013 Professor for Philosophy and Coordinator for the Chair for Korean and East Asian Studies (Cátedra de Estudios de Corea y el Este Asiático) at the University of Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica.

She was born and grown up in South Korea. She studied philosophy, political science and sinology in Seoul, Frankfurt and Bremen. Her doctoral dissertation was to reconstruct a genealogy of the concept 'ideology'. She taught and participated in several research projects at universities in South Korea and Germany. From 2001 - 2006 she worked for the Asia Desk of the Institute for Missiology missio in Germany and since then, intercultural philosophy is her main academic interest; she initiated and participated in many international academic project related to intercultural philosophy, organized fora for intercultural diaologues and has published her writings in this area. She was the editor-in-chief of two bi-annual journals, "Chakana. Intercultural Forum for Theology and Philosophy" as well as "Korea Forum". Searching for the ways for intercultural convivance in the context of globalization is an important guiding thread for her activities.

Edio Costantini


Edio Costantini, President of the John Paul II foundation for sports, pubblicist and journalist, coordinator of the school of thought Uno sport per l'uomo aperto all'Assoluto, promoted by the Ufficio Nazionale per la Pastorale dello Sport e Tempo Libero of the Italian Episcopal Council in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Culture.

He is member of the Osservatorio Nazionale dell'Associazionismo di Promozione Sociale, established by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. He has been national President of the Centro Sportivo Italiano (CSI) and director of the Center for Studies "Luigi Gedda". During the quinquennial 2008/2013 he has been Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He is also author of several books and studies about the conjugation of sports and faith.

Ivano Dionigi


Prof. Ivano Dionigi is Ordinary Professor of Latin Language and Literature at the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, where he has been Magnificent Rector since 2009. He has published many volumes, particularly on Seneca and Lucretius, and countless works in the Greek, Latin, pagan, Christian, classical and humanistic spheres. He established and directs the Study Centre “La Permanenza del Classico”, and is a member of the Academy of Sciences at Bologna. He is a member of the Board of the Council of Confucian Institutes (a nominee of the Chinese Minister of Education), and has Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the University of Bucharest and the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. He is President of the Foundation Don Gaudiano¸ receiving the recognition, Encomienda de Número de la Orden del Mérito Civil. On 10 November 2012, by nomination of Pope Benedict XVI he became President of the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis.



Prof. Jean-Dominique Durand was cultural counsellor at the French Embassy to the Holy See and director of the Cultural Centre Saint-Louis de France in Rome. He is the president of the Association des Amis de Sources Chrétiennes, vice-president of the international Jacques Maritain Institute (Rome), member of the scientific committee of the Institute "Paolo VI" (Brescia), of the Circle Jacques et Raïssa Maritain (Kolbsheim), of the Editorial Board of the Kadoc (Leuven), of the committees of address of the Istituto Luigi Sturzo (Rome) and of the Foundation Bruno Kessler (Trento). He is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences and a member ad honorem of the Insigne Pontifical Academy of the Belle Arti e Lettere dei Virtuosi al Pantheon.

He has published many essays and books, including "L'Eglise catholique dans la crise de l'Italie 1943-1948" (1991), "L'Italie de 1815 à nos jours" (1999), "Storia della Democrazia cristiana in Europa" (2002), "Quelle laïcité en Europe?" (2003), "Lo Spirito di Assisi" (2004), "Le grand exil des Congrégations religieuses françaises 1901-1914" (2005), "Les Semaines Sociales de France 1904-2004" (2006), "Le Nouveles Equipes internationales. Un movimento cristiano per una nuova Europa" (2007), "Cultures religieuses, Eglises et Europe" (2008), "Un laboratorio per la democrazia. L'Istitutio Internazionale Jacqsues Maritain 1974-2008" (2009). He received the International Prize Luigi Sturzo in 2004.

Pablo d'Ors


Pablo d'Ors was born in Madrid in 1963 into a family of artists and was raised in a German cultural environment. He is the grandson of the essayist and art critic Eugenio d'Ors. A priest since 1991, doctor of theology in 1996 under the guidance of Benedictine Salmann-Elmar and writer since 2000. He founded in 2014 the association "Friends of the Desert" after meeting the Jesuit Franz Jalics. The association aims to deepen and spread the contemplative dimension of the Christian life. His literary work, translated into several languages​​, has become popular with his Trilogía del silencio, (El amigo del desierto (2009), El olvido de sí (2013) and Biografía del silencio (2012)). Today, in addition to giving retreats, Pablo d'Ors cares spiritually for the sick and dying in a hospital in his hometown.


Kevin Fitzgerald


Kevin T. FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D., Ph.D., is the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University.  He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center.  He received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, and a Ph.D. in bioethics, from Georgetown University.  His research efforts focus on the investigation of abnormal gene expression in cancer, and on ethical issues in biomedical research.  He has published both scientific and ethical articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and in the popular press.

Fr. FitzGerald has given presentations nationally and internationally, and often been interviewed by the news media, on such topics as human genomic research, cloning, stem cell research, and personalized medicine.  He is a founding member of Do No Harm, a member of the ethics committee for the March of Dimes, and a member of the Stem Cell Research Commission for the State of Maryland.  In addition, he served until March 2009 as a member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society.



Fidel González Fernández, a Combonian missionary and priest born in Aller (Asturias España) in 1943. A priest since 1967 he worked as a missionary in Africa (Uganda) for 11 years and in various education spheres in Europe and Latin America. He has higher degrees in theology from Salamanca, history (Pontificia Università Gregoriana), and humanities (UPAEP de Mexico), and a diploma in Archives (A. Vaticano).






Jorge Juan Fernández Sangrador is Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Oviedo, Spain.

Father Sangrador is professor at the Pontifical University of Salamanca since 2002. He is the Chair of the Faculty of Theology, chancellor of the Theology course at the University for the permanent formation of the clergy, and director of the Family Sciences Institute. He holds a master in Counseling and family meditation. He is professor of Introduction to Sacred Scripture, the origins of Christianity and Patristics, and he is professor of Introduction to Sacred Scripture, as well as the origins of Christianity and Patristics.



Micol Forti


Micol Forti is the director of the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums. Following her degree, specialisation and research degree in the history of art, she taught artistic literature at the university, “La Sapienza” Rome (2001-2009). Her research on aspects of art in the 1900s (Venturino Venturi, “L’Erma” di Bretschneider 2006; Emile Bernard, LEV 2008), stands together with critical works such as Le spire della memoria. Riflessioni intorno al ruolo della classicità nella cultura artistica del Novecento, “L’Erma” di Bretschneider 2006; Aby Warburg e la cultura italiana. Fra sopravvivenze e prospettive di ricerca, Mondadori La Sapienza 2009) and sacred art in its relation to research on contemporary culture and Pontifical Collections in the 1900s (La sala dell’Immacolata Concezione di Francesco Podesti. Storia di una committenza e di un restauro, Edizioni Musei Vaticani 2010).

Joachim Hake


Joachim Hake is a theologian born in 1963 and since 2007 has been the director of the Catholic Academy of Berlin. Born in Lingen/Emsland he studied Theology at Münster and in Rome. Between 1997-2006 he was responsible for the formation days at the Castle of Rothenfels, which is well known for its connection to Romano Guardini and the liturgical movement. His work centres on Christianity and modernity, culture and theology, and culture and politics. He has published: Von Tränen und Heiligen. Emile M. Ciorans traurige Wissenschaft, in: Thomas Pröpper, Michael Raske, Jürgen Werbick (Hg.) Mystik – Herausforderung und Inspiration. Gotthard Fuchs zum 70. Geburtstag, Ostfildern 2008,  304-314; Mit dem Glauben Schiffbruch erleiden. Notizen zu Paulus, Claudio Magris und der Blindheit der Liebe; Jahrbuch für das Erzbistum Berlin 2008/2009. Gemeinsam mit Elmar Salmann Herausgeber von Spuren. Essays zu Kultur und Glaube, EOS-Verlag.



Marco Impagliazzo (Rome, 1962) is Professor of Contemporary History at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, where he is Vice-Chancellor (since November 2010). From 2001 to 2006 he was Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the University for Foreigners of Perugia. He also taught General History at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome (1998-2000).

A scholar of the Catholic Church in the nineteenth and twentieth century and, more generally, of the religious phenomenon in Europe and the relationship between Christianity, Judaism and Islam in the Mediterranean in modern times. As part of the studies on the history of the Mediterranean, he was also involved in the "Armenian issue" in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Interests of the latest study focused on the contemporary history of Rome from a religious and civil perspective, and on the pontificate of John Paul II. Impagliazzo is the author of several articles and essays in newspapers and magazines on historical and religious matters.

Committed to the Community of Sant'Egidio in conflict resolution and in the encounter between civilizations and religions, Impagliazzo is among the organizers of the International Meetings of Prayer for Peace. He was also a mediator in the conflict between the government and fundamentalists in Algeria in the years 1994-1995, and among the writers of the Platform for peace in Algeria (1995).

Marie Louise Kanse Tah

Kanse Tah

Marie Louise Kane Tah, Mbida, Cameroon. Lawyer at the International Criminal Court and the Bar of Cameroon. Former member of the Board of the International Criminal Bar. Technical Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Douala-Cameroon. Member of Pax Christi International.








Dominique LAMBERT


Professor Dominique Lambert, PhD in Physics and PhD in Philosophy. Professor of Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy and History of Science, "Science and Religion" at the University of Namur (Facultés Universitaires N.-D. de la Paix) and at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He is a member of the Académie Royale de Belgique (Classe des Sciences). He is a member of the International Committee on Scientific and Strategic Orientation (COSS) of the Collège de France (Paris). He has written the first biography of Mgr Georges Lemaître. He has also written books and papers dedicated to the relationship between Science and Faith.

Marguérite Léna


Marguérite Léna is a member of the Apostolic Community of St Francis Xavier. She has been a philosophy profesor in the Centres Madeleine-Daniélou at the Faculté Notre-Dame and invited professor at the Centre Sèvres 2007-2014. She oversees theological formation for the young in the St Francis Xavier community and has organised various scholarly and pastoral initiatives and contributed to a variety of Christian journals (Communio, Christus, Etudes, Revue Théologique des Bernardins…). She participated as an expert at the Synod on the Word of God, 2008.

Roberto Méndez Martínez

Roberto Méndez Martínez

Dr. Roberto Méndez Martínez (Cuba) is a writer and Doctor in Sciences of Art (Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana). He currently presides over the Archdiocesan commission for Culture at La Habana. He is a member of the editorial board of the review Palabra Nueva, of the Cuban Archbishopric.


José Tolentino Mendonça


Archbishop José Tolentino Mendonça is the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church. A Portuguese theologian and poet he previously taught biblical sciences at the Università Cattolica di Lisbona (Portugal). One of the most important aspects of his activity is the reflection on the interrelation between Christianity and Culture.

Sebastian M. Michael


Fr. Sebastian M. Michael SVD is Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Mumbai (India). He has been concentrating his research on the relationship between "Christianity and Culture". He is also the Chairman of the Bombay Archdiocesan Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue. His edited book on "Dalits in Modern India: Vision and Values" was the best seller of the Sage Publications in 2000 and has been translated into fifteen languages. 

Isabell Naumann


Prof M Isabell Naumann ISSM THD/STD is a member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary (ISSM) and holds a doctorate in sacred theology. She is Professor Ordinarius of Systematic Theology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney/Australia. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Systematic Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and family in Melbourne, and at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. At the Archdiocesan Seminary of the good Shepherd, Sydney, she is the Academic Dean of Studies. She serves on various national and international academic boards and councils.

Fernando José Ortega


Fr Fernando José Ortega was born in the City of Buenos Aires in July 1950. He graduated in chemistry before being ordained as a priest in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires in 1982 and then received a licence in moral theology in 1985 from the Faculty of Theology at UCA, as well as a doctorate in Theology from the Angelicum (Rome) with a thesis on “Beauty and Revelation. Study of Christian symbolism in the musical thought of W.A. Mozart” (1990).

He has taught moral and dogmatic theology and theological anthropology in a variety of positions at the Catholic University of Argentina and in 2011 became dean of the Theology Faculty. Together with his many conferences and publications he has also directed the “Consonancias” (33 numbers published) from the Instituto para la Integración del Saber.


Giovanna Parravicini

Giovanna Parravicini is the cultural advisor of the Apostolic Nunciature in the Russian Federation and researcher of the Fondazione Russia Cristiana (Milano-Seriate). She lives in Moscow where she collaborates with the Cultural centre Biblioteca dello Spirito.

She has curated numerous volumes on the Church and culture in Russia in the twentieth century and on the history of byzantine art and Russia including: Lituania popolo e Chiesa, 1984; Ave Gioia di tutto il creato, 1988;  Julija Danzas, 2001; Vita di Maria in icone, 2001; Icona: immagine di fede e arte, 2006; Liberi. Storie e testimonianze dalla Russia, 2008; Marija Judina. Più della musica, 2010. Storia dell'icona in Russia in 5 volumes.

Piotr Pasterczyk


Rev. Dr Piotr Pasterczyk is a priest of the Archdiocese of Lublin since 1993. Born in Rzeszów (Poland), he completed his studies at the Catholic University of Lublin (1993). Then he studied philosophy at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein (1995-1997), before specialising at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Fribourg, Brisgovia (1997-2003) where he obtained a Ph.D. in ecumenical dogmatics (2001) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (2004). He teaches at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University John Paul II in Lublin (Poland).


Marguerite A. Peeters


Marguerite A. Peeters has monitored semantic, political, cultural and ethical developments at the level of global governance since 1994. She is the author of some 300 reports and of several books on these topics.

She lectures internationally, particularly in Africa and Europe, and is a visiting professor of theology (global ethics and evangelization) at several universities and institutions, including the Pontifical University Urbaniana, the Catholic University of Congo and the International Canon Triest Institute. She also directs the Brussels-based Institute for Intercultural Dialogue Dynamics  (


Wolf Joachim Singer


Wolf Joachim Singer, M.D., Ph.D., is Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and Founding Director both of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society. He studied medicine at the Universities of Munich and Paris, received his M.D. from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University and his Ph.D. from the Technical University in Munich. He is member of numerous national and international academies, including the Pontifical Academy of Sciences from 1992. He served as President of the European Neuroscience Association, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Max Planck Society, and as member of numerous Advisory Boards of scientific organizations and editorial boards of journals.




Antonio Spadaro is a Jesuit and directs the review La Civiltà Cattolica. He works on languages in contemporary culture. In 1998 he founded the association of creative writers BombaCarta ( He is a literary critic and has written La grazia della parola. Karl Rahner e la poesia (Jaca Book 2006), Abitare nella possibilità. L’esperienza della letteratura, I (ivi 2008, L’altro fuoco. L’esperienza della letteratura, II (ivi 2009). He curated the Italian edition of the works of G. M. Hopkins (Rizzoli 2008), Walt Whitman (Ancora 2009) and Flannery O'Connor (Rizzoli 2011). For the last decade he has looked at digital culture from the theological and anthropological perspectives. He blogs at and has written books on the evolution of the net.

Francesc Torralba


Prof. Francesc Torralba has Ph.D.'s in philosophy and theology. He is profesor at the Universitat Ramon Llull de Barcelona, where he teaches the ethos of applied ethics. He presides at the Council of the Assessorate for religious diversity of the Government of the Generality of Catalunya. He has published some 70 books. He is married and has five children.