EVENT Blockchain, NFT, Cryptocurrencies. Will we know how to use them ethically? #AreWeReady?

EVENT Blockchain, NFT, Cryptocurrencies. Will we know how to use them ethically? #AreWeReady?


Blockchain, NFT, Cryptocurrencies. Will we know how to use them ethically?


November 25, 2021 3:00-6:00pm (Italian time)

On campus and live streaming via Social Media


Rome, November 17, 2021 – On November 25, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum (APRA) organizes an Event dedicated to the theme of Ethical Finance to present the process of analysis on the development of Blockchain, NFT and Cryptocurrencies with the aim of creating an ethical culture with a Christian spirit regarding the use of blockchain technologies, in the academic and Catholic world.

The Event, the first “cognitive” milestone of a more comprehensive and extended process over time, hopes to define an ethical perimeter in the use of these emerging technologies, starting a dialogue with some entities already involved in that sector, analyzing practical cases of success, and promoting innovative solutions in the Catholic and academic fields.

An Event as a tool to convey and involve on a current and global topic, in synergy with an innovative evangelization of culture, a tool to invest in training rather than information (citing Pope Francis).

Mode of Access:

in presence at the Athenaeum (subject to availability), upon accreditation

online, live streaming on our institutional channels Facebook and YouTube.

– via Zoom with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.


R.S.V.P.: [email protected]

To be accredited for the Event on campus, it is necessary to write an e-mail and receive confirmation.



Moderator: Pietro Saccò (Journalist, Editor-in-Chief Avvenire)

Blockchain and Ethical Finance. What do we know about them?

  • 3:00pm Institutional Greetings – Prof. P. JosĂ© E. OyarzĂşn, LC (Magnificent Rector Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum) and Prof. P. Pedro Barrajòn, LC (Professor of Theology and Magnificent Rector European University of Rome)
  • 03:15pm Sharing information in order to elaborate ethical solutions from a Catholic point of view
    • The Philosophy of Money – Prof. P. Michael Ryan, LC (S.T.D. Ph.L., Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum)
    • Cryptocurrencies in the light of Catholic morality – Prof. P. D. Farrell, LC (Full Professor Faculty of Philosophy, Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum)
  • 03:45pm From 2008 to today – Introductory video on Blockchain technologies
  • 04:00pm NFT to protect cultural heritage: the case of the first religious heritage in NFT format Don Davide Baraldi (Parish priest of Santa Maria della CaritĂ  in Bologna)

Economic evolution, taxation and countering illegal activities

  • 04:15pm Monetary economics and cryptocurrencies G. Traficante (Professor of Economics, European University of Rome)
  • 04:30pm Support of DLT to the development of economic activities V. Fazio (Professor of Entrepreneurship and History of Made in Italy, European University of Rome)
  • 04:45pmCountering illegal activities – Maggiore Carlo Della Gatta (Special Unit of Currency Police of Guardia di Finanza)
  • 05:00pm Cryptocurrencies between money laundering risk and inclusion in tax return V. Vallefuoco

The word to the operators of the sector

  • 05:15pm The cryptocurrency and NFT market A. Ferrero (CEO Young Platform)
  • 05:30pm Blockchain for collective self-consumption and energy communities Dr. L. Colognola, (KPMG Advisory Associate Partner)
  • 05:45 Is there a strategic value in blockchain? The case of El Salvador M. Monaco (PWC Director & Crypto Leader Italy)



Press contacts

Maria Selva Silvestri – [email protected]

Head of Institutional Communication



The Pontifical Ateneo Regina Apostolorum (APRA) is an ecclesiastical university institution,

canonically erected by the Congregation for Catholic Education and directed by the Religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. It is part of the Network of Universities of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement (RIU).

An international academic community, in full harmony with the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church, it is committed to developing a Catholic thought and culture capable of pervading the Christian spirit in today’s society, allowing for a unique experience aimed at evangelizing culture.

For more than 25 years it has been forming apostles, Christian leadersclerics and laityin the service of the Church and society. Through integral formation, characterized by interdisciplinary and intercultural areas of research, innovative programs, and the development of transversal skills, it fosters the co-responsibility and human growth of the entire community.

With the different educational programs of the 3 Faculties (Theology, Philosophy and Bioethics) and the 5 Institutes (Higher Institute for Religious Sciences, Faith and Science Institute, Sacerdos, Institute of Bioethics and Human Rights, and Institute for Higher Studies on Women) it offers a deepening and further specialization in some interdisciplinary areas.

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