Is the Italian public university secular? What does secularism mean?

We have constructed this issue of ERENews starting from the questions mentioned above.
Cardinal Zuppi‘s invitation to give a lectio magistralis as part of the inauguration ceremony of the Academic Year of the Roma Tre University was an event that caused debate and that involved us: in addition to the event itself, we immediately realised that apart from the symbolic and ideological aspects, this fact deserved to be examined in depth on various levels and it was a challenge and a stimulus for us. This generated a very rich debate within the editorial team.
Readers will discover that there are no obvious answers on the subject, but that the picture that emerges is diverse and heterogeneous. The monographic section of this issue, therefore, represents the diary of a first journey that we have undertaken as part of the longer journey that we want to dedicate to the theme ‘University and secularism – public space and secularism‘.
The issue is enriched, as usual, by the space dedicated – in the first part – to the press review, editorial releases, conferences and seminars; in the second part, in addition to the aforementioned monographic section, the section on “school legislation and the teaching of religion/religions” is dedicated to Poland.

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