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Holy See

Santa Sede
Santa Sede

Theme "Not by Bread Alone. At the Lord's Table with all Mankind"
The Concept
"Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." From this first sentence of the Gospel, is a message that the Holy See wishes to send out during its participation at Expo Milano 2015. Food is a primary value for mankind, forever the subject of rituals, symbols, stories, calendars and rules, and also a tool for understanding one’s identity and building relationships with the world, the Creation, time and history.
The Holy See aims to focus visitors' attention on the strong symbolic relevance of feeding, and on its potential for anthropological development. Its potential is deeply social and collective, yet unfortunately, is often interpreted negatively as a reprimand for neglect and injustice. Food is therefore not only portrayed as nourishment of the body, but as a gesture of nurturing, a meal and a convivium: a moment of encounter and communion, education and growth. This sharply contrasts with the "culture of waste," which increasingly influences today’s society, fuelling the terrible hardships of injustice and poverty. Through its pavilion, spread over a total area of ​​747 square meters, the Holy See looks to offer its visitors a space for reflection on issues that persist today, related to food and access to food. Such issues highlight how the anthropological act of offering food is at the heart of both Christian experience, and the cultural and spiritual thinking it has generated within our history.
On display in the pavilion will be great works of art: from Tintoretto to Rubens

Awaiting visitors as they enter the pavilion is the original canvas of the Ultima Cena (Last Supper) by Tintoretto, which has been brought here, specially for Expo Milano 2015 from the Church of San Trovaso in Venice. Since July 29 this work has been replaced with a tapestry by Pieter Paul Rubens, depicting the Institution of the Eucharist, from the Diocesan Museum in Ancona.

Not by Bread Alone. At the Lord's Table with all Mankind

Jacopo Robusti, detto Tintoretto
Ultima cena
olio su tela, 221 x 413 cm.
Venezia, chiesa di San Trovaso
Manifattura Fiamminga - Jan Raes
Da Pieter Paul Rubens
Istituzione dell'Eucarestia, 1632-1650 ca.
Arazzo, 500 x 350 cm
Ancona, Museo Diocesano
May 1, 2015 - Official opening of the Expo and the Pavilion of the Holy See
May 18, 2015 - "All are welcome"
Evening Launch of the Catholic Church's participation in Expo 2015.
Organizer: Caritas Internationalis and the Diocese of Milan.
Location: Milano, Piazza Duomo  at 21:00.
May 19, 2015 - Expo Day Caritas Internationalis: "One Human Family. Food for All ".
Roundtable with the presentation of the results of the global campaign.
Topic: World hunger and effective projects to address it with a focus on the recognition of the right to food as a condition of citizenship and the duty of governments.
Organizer: Caritas Internationalis.
Location: Auditorium Expo.
May 31, 2015 - Conference "AllergEat: Feeding the Planet for Preventing Allergies"
Topic: Presentation of the World Allergy Organization’s guidelines.
Organizer and presenters: Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù.
Location: Expo.
June 11, 2015 - National Day of the Holy See
Official ceremony.
Topic: Reflections on the theme of the Pavilion.
Organizer: Pontifical Council for Culture.
Location: Expo.
To Follow: Cortile dei Gentili .
Conference introduced by the screening of the film directed by Nicolas Hulot.
Discussion with: Card. Gianfranco Ravasi, Nicolas Hulot, Prof. Giuliano Amato. Moderated by Monica Maggioni.
Organizer: Pontifical Council for Culture.
Location: Expo.

September 5, 2015 - Conference: "National Day of Creation"
Topic: Sustainable food and the environment.
Organizer and presenters: Italian Episcopal Conference.
Location: Expo.
September 6, 2015 - Holy Mass celebrated by Cardinal Scola
Location: Milan, Duomo.
Live on RAI at 11.00

September 18, 2015 - Conference: "MicrobiotEat. Interazione Cibo hosts Microbiota and Infant Growth.
Topic: In the light of the latest scientific research,  the investigation of the correlation between  diet and human intestinal microbiota  along with the role and use of  the Mediterranean diet in the health of children and adults.
Organizer and presenters: Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù.
Location: Rome – San Paolo Auditorium, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù.

September 19, 2015 - Conference: "Right to Food, Peace and Democracy. Research Education in an Ethical Perspective. "
Topic: The right to food, food safety and security and sustainable agriculture.
Organizer and presenters: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.
Location: Expo.
September 22, 2015 - Conference: "TreatEat. Food and Metabolic Diseases. "
Topic: Anthropological reflection on nutrition: bulimia, anorexia and breast-feeding.
Organizer and presenters: Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù.
Location: Expo.
October 6, 2015 - Seminar: "Mind-eat. Nutrition and Mental Health Myths and Prejudices"
Topic: Reflection on nutrition and mental health.
Organizer and presenters: Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù.
Location: Expo.
October 7, 2015 - Conference: "A table with God and Men: The Food between Anthropology and Religion. "Inauguration by His Eminence Card.  Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran.
Topic: Philosophical and theological reflection on the dialectical relationship of man and food.
Organizer and presenters: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
Location: Expo.

October 27, 2015 - Interfaith Meeting
Topic: Food and religions.
Organizer and speakers: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milan.
Location: Expo.

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