In about a week the first session of the the “Courtyard of the Gentiles” will hold its first meeting at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on March 24. Representatives of the Pontifical Council for Culture have confirmed that they will begin the Church’s official dialogue with atheists and agnostics in Paris on March 24 and 25. The session will conclude with a broadcast address by Pope Benedict XVI”. The article is from CNA.
Some of Pope Benedict’s most significant addresses, and that have had world wide repercussions, were in the context of him engaging the secular world. We should remember the historic Regensburg address which I have mentioned before, and the speech at La Sapienza in Rome, which was so polemic the Pope had to withdraw from the event itself. Intellectually too, they have been among the most stimulating of his pontificate. Stay tuned… I am guessing he will speak of Truth as the centre of his theme. We will find out soon.