About the Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation

The objectives of this foundation are to promote the publication, dissemination and study of the works and thoughts of Professor Joseph Ratzinger; organize and hold cultural and scientific conferences of high value; and give prizes to scholars that have stood out for specific merits, whether for their publications or their scientific research.

The foundation was established on March 1, 2010, in accordance with the Canonical Law Code, the Fundamental Law of Vatican City State, and the statutes of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.


About the Catholic University of Costa Rica

The Anselmo Llorente y Lafuente Catholic University of Costa Rica (UCAT) was founded in May of 1993, at the initiative of the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica. The university, which belongs to the Costa Rican Catholic Church, is run by the Catholic University of Costa Rica Foundation. This legal entity is civilly liable for the University, and executes its duties through the Administrative Board

The President is the highest academic and administrative authority of the University. Since its foundation, UCAT has had 5 presidents. Dr. Fernando Felipe Sánchez Campos has held this position since September of 2015. The university also has three General Vice-presidents (in the Academic, Financial/Administrative and Student Life, Extension and Internationalization areas), who constitute the channel through which the President exercises his authority. The Vice-presidents serve as the President’s immediate collaborators, and form part of the Council of Rectors.

The university currently offers 39 bachelor’s and licentiate programs of studies approved by the National Council for Private Higher Education (CONESUP), as well as 13 postgraduate programs (several master’s programs and one doctorate). Some of these programs of studies are certified by the National Accreditation System for Higher Education (SINAES).


The symposium is also supported by:

Organization of Catholic Universities in Latin America and the Caribbean (ODUCAL):

ODUCAL is a Regional Association of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU). It contributes to the progress of knowledge and to the development of a more just and humane world in the light of Christian faith and thanks to the spirit of the Gospel (Article 2 of the IFCU Statutes).

International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU):

IFCU was established by a Decree of the Holy See in 1948 and recognized by Pope Pius XII in 1949. The federation collaborates actively with the Congregation for Catholic Education and has had a privileged relationship with the Pontifical Council for the Laity since the council was created in 1976. IFCU comprises more than 219 Catholic universities and higher education institutions in more than 103 countries.

The President of IFCU, Father Pedro Rubens Ferreira Oliveira S.J., as well as several other members of the federation, will be participating in the symposium.

Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM):

CELAM is an organization of the Catholic Church in Latin America, which seeks to foster channels for communion, reflection, collaboration and service among local churches, as a sign and instrument of the bonds of collegiality, in communion with the universal Church and its head, the Roman Pontiff. The organization was created in 1955 and its headquarters are located in Bogotá, Colombia.