FINAL PROGRAM

MONDAY, JANUARY 17

6:00 P.M.
Meeting with the Italian-American community in the Bronx and visit to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (627 East 187th Street).

8:00 P.M.
Special mass at Saint Luke's Church (16-34 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, Queens) followed by refreshments with the Federazione Campania USA. Cardinal Sepe will co-celebrate the mass with parishioner Msgr. Tosi.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

8:00 A.M.
Breakfast at Park East Synagogue (163 East 67th Street) with Rabbi Arthur Schneier and representatives from the Jewish community in New York. The theme of the meeting is "Strengthening Christian-Jewish Relations."

10:00 A.M.
Visit  to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and meeting with Ambassador Cesare Maria Ragaglini

11:15 A.M.
Visit to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Cardinal Sepe will co-celebrate the mass with the Nuncio, Msgr. Francis Chullikat, in the Mission's chapel.

1:00 P.M.
Lunch with Rabbi Arthur Schneier and members of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation at the Lotos Club (5 East 66th Street). The theme of the meeting is "Inter-religious Action in a Turbulent World."

>> Video-interview with Rabbi Arthur Schneier in which Cardinal Sepe is invited to visit the Synagogue and the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, stressing the importance of inter-religious dialogue and the contribution given to this process by the Italian community of New York.


5:30 P.M.
Visit to the Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Avenue). Presentation of the "DireNapoli" initiative followed by the closing ceremony for the Neapolitan crèche exhibit "Nativity in the World: From Naples to New York" hosted at the Institute.

7:30 P.M.
"DireNapoli in music". Concert in honor of His Eminence hosted by the Italian Academy Foundation in collaboration with the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit and the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. The event will take place at the church of Saint Jean Baptiste (Lexington Avenue at East 76th Street). Cardinal Sepe will be presented with a special award for his pastoral activity in Naples. In return, His Eminence will announce an award to an Italian-American figure who has distinguished him or herself in depicting the city of Naples most effectively.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19

9:00 A.M.
Visit to the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY (25 West, 43rd Street), the only university wide Italian American research institute of its stature in the US.

10:00 A.M.
The Graduate Center  of the City Uiversity of New York (365 Fifth Avenue). Round table entitled "Human Migrations in the Third Millennium: Italy from Land of Departure to Land of Arrival ~ Lessons from the American Experience". The Cardinal of Naples will discuss this topic with a panel comprising: Hon. Vincenzo Scotti, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Italy; Father Leonir Mario Chiarello, Secretary, New York Office of the Scalabrini International Migration Network, Prof. Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY; Prof. Robert Viscusi, Director, Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for Humanities, Brooklyn College, CUNY; Prof. Fred Gardaphé, Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies, Queens College, CUNY

>> Video-interview with prof. Anthony J. Tamburri, where he describes the round table discussion and invites Cardinal Sepe to participate


5:00 P.M.
Visit to Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral, recently designated a Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI, and located in Mulberry Street, in the historic neighborhood of Little Italy. The local Association Two Bridges will offer a multimedia presentation of their annual celebration called "Marco Polo", dedicated to strengthening the inter-cultural dialogue between the two major ethnicities-the Italian and the Chinese. Cardinal Sepe will co-celebrate the mass with parishioner Msgr. Sakano.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

9:30 A.M.
Visit to the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island. Cardinal Sepe will be accompanied by Consul General of Italy Francesco Maria Talò, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Anthony J. Tamburri, and a delegation of elected officials of Italian descent led by Senator Diane Savino (President, New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators) and Hon. Vincent Gentile (Chair, New York City Italian-American Caucus).

3:00 P.M.
Visit to Saint Athanasius Church (2154 61st Street, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn) and meeting with leaders of Italian and Italian-American institutions and organizations. Cardinal Sepe will celebrate the mass with parishioner Mons. Cassato.

6:30 P.M.
Round table at New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò about the representation and image of Naples in American and international film. Participants in the discussion, entitled "Naples: Facts and Fiction", include actor/director John Turturro and Prof. Antonio Monda. Casa Italiana's Director Stefano Albertini will moderate the discussion.
The event is the ideal end to 41° Parallelo, the annual American spin-off of the Naples Film Festival sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo`. Cardinal Sepe will present the "DireNapoli" Award to John Turturro for his accomplishments in "Telling Naples" to the world.

>> Video-interview with prof. Stefano Albertini, Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo`, NYU prof. of Italian Cinema Antonio Monda, and Davide Azzolini, Director of the Napoli Film Festival, inviting Cardinal Sepe to participate in the round table under the aegis of 41° Parallelo.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 21

9:30 A.M.
Visit to Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi (406 East 67th Street) with Rabbi Schneier for a meeting with students to discuss inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. Maurizio Molinari, correspondent for La Stampa, will moderate the panel discussion entitled "New York and Naples: Harbors of Dialogue." The discussion is the first event in the annual "Settimana della Memoria" (Remembrance Week) series which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust. The series is organized by the Italian community in New York with the support of the Consulate General of Italy.

The discussion will be preceded by a performance by Robert Zuckerman and Antoinette La Vecchia along with two students. They will read excerpts of memoirs selected by Stella Levi (member of the board of directors, Primo Levi Center in New York) from the book "Il Libro della Shoah in Italia" edited by Marcello Pezzetti.