St. Peter's Basilica in Rome lit up at night

The Georgetown University Representative Office in Rome

The Georgetown Representative Office in Rome, led by Dr. Debora Tonelli, supports academic collaborations and coordinates outreach to the Vatican and other institutions based in Rome and Italy. The office is located in the Villa Malta, home to the leading Jesuit journal, La Civiltà Cattolica, which is led by Rev. Antonio Spadaro, S.J.

Since the creation of the office in 2019, Georgetown has collaborated with La Civiltà Cattolica on a variety of initiatives, including the Culture of Encounter and the Global Agenda Project, the China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue, the Questioni di Civiltà (Questions of Civilization) seminar series, and a conference to mark the centennial of Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Key Georgetown partners in Rome include the dicasteries for Integral Human Development, Culture and Education, and Interreligious Dialogue, as well as Gregorian University and the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies.

The Vatican Collonnade

The Culture of Encounter: An Imperative for a Divided World

This conference, sponsored by Georgetown University and La Civiltà Cattolica, will take place on May 27 and 28 in Rome, convening scholars and practitioners to explore Pope Francis’ idea of the culture of encounter and its practical relevance across three different areas: global governance, interfaith collaboration, and digital connectivity.


Two women working in a tea field in Kenya

The Missions of the Society of Jesus in Africa

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 to spread the Gospel message. Missions have always been a characterizing aspect of the Society, and today the Jesuits live and work in about 80 provinces and regions all over the world. The Euro-Mediterranean province includes Italy, Albania, Malta, and…


A map of North/Central Africa

Africa Beyond Stereotypes

In spring 2022, the Africa Beyond Stereotypes series was held as part of the Questioni di Civiltà. Dialoghi di attualità e discerniment series, organized by Georgetown University and La Civiltà Cattolica, at the latter's headquarters, located in…