XI International Symposium: “The Power of Friendship” (Jaén, Spain)

On November 17 and 18, the eleventh edition of the International Symposium on St. Josemaría took place in Jaén, organized, as in previous years, by the Catalina Mir Foundation. The central theme of the conferences and panels that took place over the two days was the theme of friendship.

In the inaugural conference, the poet and literary critic Enrique García Máiquez pointed out that St. Josemaría’s friends never ceased to be his friends: they were friends for life, a trait that is unfortunately becoming less and less common in friendships nowadays. “We need non-disposable friendships,” García Máiquez stressed.

Other speakers and panelists were Ana Romero-Iribas, from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid); Higinio Marín, rector of the Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU (Elche); Ana Sánchez de la Nieta, also from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos; Inés Espallargas, a chronic care physician at a primary care center in Sabadell; and Luis Gutiérrez Rojas, from the Universidad de Granada. The mayor of Jaén, Agustín González Romo, also spoke at the symposium on Saturday morning, the 18th.

The closing conference was given by Isabel Sánchez Serrano, Secretary General of Opus Dei.

The symposium also included testimonials from mothers and young boys and girls about their experiences in various areas (e.g., social networks) and a concert featuring several well-known artists from various cities in Spain.

Romana, n. 77, July-December 2023, p. 213.

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