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Child Dignity in the Digital World • World Congress • October 3-6, 2017 • Rome

Here you find the latest news and developments concerning the world congress.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fotos and speeches of the World Congress 

Friday, October 6, 2017


Declaration of Rome | World Congress: Child Dignity in the Digital World  

Today, October 6, 2017 the Declaration of Rome, adopted by the participants of the first World Congress “Child Dignity in the Digital World”, was presented to the Pope during a Papal Audience.

The Declaration was introduced and presented by the rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, S.J. A summary was read by Muireann O'Carroll, a 16 year old Irish girl on behalf of the world's children. 

Download the Declaration, Pope Francis' speech and the rector's speech as PDF

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Press Release

Congress to present declaration to Pope Francis | Closing press conference on Friday, October 6, 16:30

Over 30 speeches, technical reports and a series of workshops have been delivered by experts, Church and political leaders to develop a strategy that will take on the work of the Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World, which has taken place this week at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

This afternoon, October 5, the final declaration of the Conference was discussed. This declaration will be presented to the Pope tomorrow at midday. The declaration will be published during the Papal Audience. 

The concluding press conference takes place at 16:30 on Friday, October 6, at the media centre at the Gregorian Pontifical University. 

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Keynotes and fotos of the opening of the World Congress 

Here you find keynotes and fotos of the opening of the World Congress on October 3, 2017. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Press Release

Opening of the World Congress 

Governments, experts and the Catholic Church came together today to pledge their support to develop a co-ordinated strategy to protect children in the digital world at the launch of the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World, being held at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 

Keynote addresses by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Holy See Secretary of State and Baroness Joanna Shields, UK Special Representative for Internet Safety and founder of WeProtect, called for urgent action as the huge scale of the challenge has become so clear. 

This call followed formal welcomes to the 150 expert delegates from Fr Hans Zollner, President of the Centre for Child Protection, Fr Nuno da Silva Goncalves, rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal, superior general of the Society of Jesus, President Pietro Grasso, president of the Italian Senate and Minister Valeria Federico, Minister of Education. 

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Saturday, September 30, 2017


Press Conference on Monday, October 2, 2017 

Journalists are invited to a Press Conference on October 2, 2017 (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Palazzo Frascara, Piazza della Pilotta 3, 00187 Rome) with the Steering Committee members that will provide details on the upcoming World Congress. 

Journalists who have not registered yet are kindly ask to contact the press office or to register on-site on October 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. at the Press Registration desk upon presentation of a valid press identity card and a photo for the badge.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Interview with Father Hans Zollner
about the world congress

"A major problem is certainly also that you have exploitation, sex exploitation, and trafficking through the internet. Many people are shocked about it and very few people have any idea of what can be done so that we can avoid this kind of abuse. And that’s why we at the Pontifical Gregorian University and our Centre for Child Protection, have thought of inviting experts from different sectors (…) so that we can discuss and possibly work out what can be the means and measures so that young people are protected online as well as in families, in schools, in public, in whatever sports organization, and whatever church activities.

Whatever young people are involved in, we need to work together so they are safe, also online“, explained Father Zollner the idea of the world congress in an interview with "Rome Reports“.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Press Release

Global congress on
“Child Dignity in the Digital World”

The International congress on online sexual child abuse will take place from 3-6 October, 2017 in Rome. The congress is hosted by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University and partnered by the WePROTECT Global Alliance. The discussion centers around the latest scientific and academic research on the pressing global problem of child abuse in the digital world.

More than 140 internationally recognized representatives from academia, business, politics, civil society and religion will participate. The event closes with the “Declaration on Child Dignity in the Digital World” that will be presented during an audience with Pope Francis.

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