His doctoral thesis, which he recently defended in the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, has the impressive title: “The Challenge of Forcibly Displaced Persons in Light of the Magisterium of the Church: a Moral and Pastoral Approach from the Teachings of Leo XIII to Francis.” It is an urgent problem, since according to latest estimates over 84 million people throughout the world find themselves in this situation.
How did you first become interested in this topic?
The opportunity to confront this topic more deeply took shape during my years in Lebanon, from 2016 to 2019. I was directing an NGO for humanitarian aid and cooperation aimed at the most vulnerable, in a country ravaged by the Syrian war. I came to see that the problem of forced migration needed to be considered from a theological perspective. I realized that a world wounded by conflict could only be cured by placing God at the center, and that the academic world could also make a contribution here.