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

The Georgetown University Representative Office in Rome

Under the leadership of Debora Tonelli, the Georgetown Representative Office supports academic collaborations and coordinates outreach to the Vatican and other institutions based in Rome and Italy. Key partners include the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, the Pontifical Academy for Life, and Gregorian University.

The office is located in the Villa Malta, home to the leading Jesuit journal, La Civiltà Cattolica, which is led by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. Georgetown co-hosts events at the Villa, including a seminar of the China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue (featuring Thomas Friedman) in December 2018 and a conference to mark the centennial of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in May 2019.

During the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years, Georgetown University and La Civiltà Cattolica are hosting a Questioni di Civiltà webinar series that brings together leading experts to discuss contemporary issues at the intersection of culture, society, politics, and the Church.

Dr. Debora Tonelli is the Georgetown University representative in Rome and permanent researcher at the Center for Religious Studies at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento. She also serves as a lecturer at Gregorian University and Pontifical Atheneum S. Anselmo. Tonelli's research and teaching address the interaction between politics and religion, particularly in the context of interreligious dialogue and religious violence.

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

Le missioni della Compagnia di Gesù in Africa: sfide e obiettivi

La Compagnia di Gesù fu fondata nel 1540 per diffondere il messaggio evangelico. Le missioni sono da sempre un aspetto caratterizzante della Compagnia e oggi i gesuiti vivono e lavorano in circa 80 Province e Regioni, in tutto il mondo. La Provincia Euro-Mediterranea comprende Italia, Albania…