A conference titled Religious Freedom East & West takes place in the Pontifical Irish College on 3 June, on the fourth anniversary of the death of former Irish College student Fr Ragheed Ganni (1972-2007). Following the completion of his studies in Rome in 2003, Fr Ragheed returned to his native Mosul, in Iraq, where he faced death threats and attacks, but refused to let it deter him ministering to his fellow Chaldean Catholics. On 3 June 2007, together with three sub-deacons, Fr Ragheed was murdered after celebrating Mass.
The conference is dedicated to Fr Ragheed and takes place in the presence of his parents and the president of Ireland, Mary McAleese. Topics being discussed include Christianity and religious freedom in a secular world, and Christianity and religious freedom in an Islamic context. Participants include Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Vatican's Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Rabbi David Meyer from Brussels, Fr Samir Khalil Samir, SJ, from Rome's Pontifical Oriental Institute, and Archbishop Emil Shimoun Nona of Mosul who, immediately after the conference, will deliver a homily during vespers in the newly-reordered college chapel, whose apse includes a mosaic image of Fr Ragheed next to Ireland