The Galileo Foundation, in partnership with the Global Compact on Education, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, the Jewish Funders Network, the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and UBS AG, is pleased to announce that the inaugural ‘Faith and Philanthropy Summit’ will take place on October 14th and 15th 2022 in the Casina Pius IV in Vatican City with the approval and participation of His Holiness Pope Francis who will address the 2022 Summit.
On February 4th 2020 at the Pontifical Academy, the Holy Father remarked:
“Currently, the 50 richest people possess the equivalent of US$ 2.2 trillion. The Pope said that, on their own, they could finance “medical care and education for every poor child in the world, either through taxes and/or philanthropy” and save millions of lives every year.”
President of the Galileo Foundation, John McCaffrey, said “The 2022 Faith and Philanthropy Summit is the first time that philanthropy has been formally addressed at the Vatican.
Bringing together philanthropists from all faith backgrounds reflects the Holy Father’s desire to celebrate the fraternity of the universal Family.
All of the world’s religions encourage charitable acts and alms-giving as a central tenet of their faiths. Pope Francis has reminded us on many occasions about the obligation to give back, to look after the poor and the most vulnerable, and how philanthropy can play an important role in this.
As the world emerges from the global pandemic with fresh eyes, it is surely the right moment to celebrate the role that Philanthropy has played during the past two years, and the vital role that it will play in the future to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
It seems entirely fitting to being with Education. As the first theme of the Summit, we will explore ways and initiatives across faith lines to make access to Education a leading priority for every society on the planet, particularly for young women and girls.”