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October - Tuesday 2
 In the morning - Turin, Regional Natural Science Museum
9.30 a.m.

Inauguration of the Conference and Welcome by the Authorities
Nicola de Ruggiero, Regional Councillor for the Environment, Parks and protected areas
Mons. Germano Zaccheo, Bishop of Casale Monferrato
Gianni Calvi, President of the Nature Park of the Sacred Mountain of Crea

10.30 a.m.

Introduction to the works
Amilcare Barbero, Director of the Sacred Mountains, Calvaries and European devotional complexes Documentation Centre
Stefano Piano, Chairman of the Inter-departmental and Inter-faculty Centre of Religious Sciences at Turin University    

Unique Session
Chaired by Giovanni Filoramo, Turin University
11.00 a.m.

Egyptian Culture
Su e giù per il Nilo al tempo dei faraoni (Up and down the Nile at the time of the Pharaohs)
Alessandro Roccati, Turin University

11.40 a.m.

Jewish culture
Between Christianity and Islam: the Image of the Temple and Jerusalem among the Jews of Italy over the Ages
Shalom Sabar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

12.20 p.m.

Pre-Columbian American Culture
Santuari, oracoli, pellegrinaggi nel Perù antico (Sanctuaries, oracles and pilgrimages in ancient Peru)
Claudio Cavatrunci
, “Luigi Pigorini” Museum, Rome

October - Wednesday 3
In the morning - Moncalvo, Municipal Theatre

Welcome by the Mayor of Moncalvo, Roberto Mombellardo, and by the President of the Province of Asti, Roberto Marmo


Unique Session
Chaired by Carlo Della Casa, formerly at Milan University

9.00 a.m.

Rāma’s Hill
Hans T. Bakker
, Groningen University

9.40 a.m.

L’apoteosi degli psiconauti - La contemplazione del mandala come pellegrinaggio sostitutivo nel Buddhismo vajrayana indo-tibetano (The apotheosis of the psychonauts - The contemplation of the mandala as substitute pilgrimage in Indo-Tibetan vajrayana Buddhism)
Massimiliano A. Polichetti
, ‘Giuseppe Tucci’ Oriental Art National Museum, Rome

10.20 a.m.

Pilgrimage: The Sikh View in the Guru Granth Sahib
Jodh Singh
, Punjab University, Patiala

11.00 a.m.

Coffe break

11.10 a.m.

Religions of Japan
Pellegrinaggi in Giappone: austerità e piacere (Pilgrimages in Japan: austerity and pleasure)
Alessandro Guidi
, Far East Art Studies Centre of Bologna

11.50 a.m.

South-East Asia
Pilgrimage in South and Southeast Asian Religions - Antiquity, Highlights and Trends
Ananda Guruge
, International Academy of Buddhism, Los Angeles

5.45 p.m.

Sacro Monte di Varallo, Basilica dell’Assunta
Giovanni Romano, Turin University Presentation of the magazine SACRI MONTI, published by Special Natural Reserve of the Sacred Mountain of Varallo

October - Thursday 4
In the morning - Moncalvo, Teatro Municipale

Welcome by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Casale Monferrato,
don Antonio Gennaro


Unique Session
Chaired by Alessandro Monti, University of Turin

9.30 a.m.

Iranian Culture
Que sait-on des pèlerinages dans le monde iranien préislamique? (What do we know about pilgrimage in the pre-Islamic Iranian world?)
Frantz Grenet
, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

10.20 a.m.

Islamic Culture
The Reality in Substituting The Holy Islamic Places Of Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem
Marwan Abu Khalaf
, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem

11.00 a.m.

Coffe break

11.10 a.m.

Protestantismes: le pèlerinage à l’index, mais … (Protestantisms: pilgrimage on the index, but …)
Frank Muller
, Université de Nancy

11.50 a.m.

Chinese Religiousness
Les pèlerins des Monts aux Cinq Terrasses. Dévotion populaire / dévotion impériale (Pilgrims of the Mounts of Five Terraces. Popular devotion / Imperial devotion)
Françoise Wang-Toutain
, CNRS Paris

October - Friday 5
In the morning - Casale Monferrato, Municipal Theatre

Welcome by the Mayor of Casale Monferrato, Paolo Mascarino, and by the President of the Province of Alessandria, Paolo Filippi


First Session
Chaired by Fabrizio Pennacchietti, Turin University

9.30 a.m.

Greek-Roman Antiquity
Sulle orme degli dèi. Santuari, pellegrinaggi e processioni nel mondo greco e romano (In the footsteps of the gods. Sanctuaries, pilgrimages and processions in the Greek and Roman world)
Anna Ferrari
, “Amedeo Avogadro” East Piedmont University

10.10 a.m.

Christian Antiquity
Il pellegrinaggio cristiano alle origini (At the origins of Christian pilgrimage)
Clementina Mazzucco
, Turin University

11.00 a.m.

Coffee break

11.10 a.m.

Byzantine Culture
Il pellegrinaggio nel mondo bizantino-slavo (Pilgrimage in the Byzantine-Slavonic world)
Marcello Garzaniti
, Florence University

11.50 a.m.

Christian Pilgrimages
Simboli, rituali e testimonianze figurative del pellegrinaggio cristiano nell'Europa medievale (Symbols, rituals and figurative testimonials of Christian pilgrimage in medieval Europe)
Mario D’Onofrio
, “La Sapienza” Rome University

In the afternoon -Casale Monferrato, Municipal Theatre


Second Session
Chaired by Carlenrica Spantigati, Piedmont historical, artistic and ethno-anthropological heritage Superintendency

3.30 p.m.

The Rotunda of the Holy Sepulchre
La Rotonda del Santo Sepolcro e la struttura della Chiesa del Santo Sepolcro (The Rotunda of the Holy Sepulchre and the structure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre)
Jürgen Krüger
, Universität Karlsruhe

4.10 p.m.

The Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre
Jerusalem allerorten. Nachbauten des Heiligen Grabes im alten Europa (Jerusalem everywhere. Copies of the Holy Sepulchre in ancient Europe)
Michael Rüdiger
, Kunstforum Matthäus, Hamburg

5.00 p.m.

Coffe break

5.10 p.m.

Recent devotions: the Holy Staircase and the Holy House
Scala Santa und Santa Casa und Ihre Architektonische Nachbildungen (The Holy Stairs and the Holy House and their architectural imitations)
Martin Čičo
, Slovakian National Gallery

5.50 p.m.

Portrayals of the Passion
Dagli itinerari di Terra Santa alla rappresentazione della vita, passione e morte di Cristo
Guido Gentile
, formerly Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta official of the Archives Administration Superintendency

October - Saturday 6
Morning -Casale Monferrato, Municipal Theatre

Opening addresses will be given by the Bishop of Casale Monferrato, Mons. Germano Zaccheo

9.30 a.m.

Last day of the international conference dedicated to cathedrals and pilgrims: “The Cathedral today: art, genius and sign of faith”
Speakers: arch. Mario Botta “Lo spazio del sacro”; Mons. Gianfranco Ravasi “Là è il mio Nome! L’incontro tra Dio e il suo popolo nel tempio”; Mons. Mauro Piacenza “La Cattedrale e i suoi beni culturali: segno delle radici cristiane e profezia nella città”, Chairman: Giovanni Gazzaneo, magazine "Luoghi dell'infinito"

Afternoon -Casale Monferrato, Municipal Theatre

3.00 p.m.

From parish churches to cathedrals: sustainable tourism as an instrument of knowledge, enhancement and defence of holy places and local, cultural and devotional heritage
Chaired by Mons. Timothy Verdon, Stanford University, Office Catechesis through art, Florence Diocese

Contributions by:
Paolo Busto, Editor of the newspaper “La Vita Casalese”; Giuseppe Caffulli, Editor of the magazine “Terrasanta”; Giovanni Gazzaneo, Editor of the magazine “Luoghi dell’infinito”; Marco Giorcelli, Editor of the newspaper “Il Monferrato”; Raffaele Jannucci, Editor of the magazine “PleinAir”; Jean-Cristophe Rampal, Editor of the magazine “Ulysse”; Nicoletta Salvatori, Editor of the magazine “Tuttoturismo”

Closing addresses will be given by the President of the Nature Park of the Sacred Mountain of Crea, Gianni Calvi

6.00 p.m.

Cathedral of Casale Monferrato
Mass celebrated by S.E. Mons. Germano Zaccheo
The “Missa Sancti Evasii” for choir will be performed, congregation choir and orchestra, written by contemporary composers, coordinated by Giulio Castagnoli

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