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Reverend Dr. Hans ZOLLNER, SJ

Germany

President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University and professor of the Institute of Psychology.

Fr. Zollner, SJ, was born in 1966 in Regensburg (Germany). He holds an S.T.D. and is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist.

From 2003 he has been full professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology.

He is the founding president of the Centre for Child Protection (est. 2012) at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Fr. Zollner, SJ, was a member of the scientific working group of the “Round Table on Sexual Violence against Minors” of the Federal Government of Germany in 2010-2011.

Fr. Zollner, SJ, was chair of the organizing committees for the symposium “Towards Healing and Renewal” on sexual abuse of minors (February 2012) and for the world congress “Child Dignity in the Digital World” (2017); he was a member of the organizing committee for the summit on Child Protection in the Vatican (2019).

Since 2015, he is honorary professor in the Department of Theology and Religion of the University of Durham (England).

Fr. Zollner, SJ, was appointed as a consultor of the Congregation for the Clergy in 2017.

In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Zollner, SJ, for a second term to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

The ISC  Launches its 2021 conference On Prevention post Pandemic

The ISC Launches its 2021 conference On Prevention post Pandemic

In light of what has happened globally, this conference aims at creating the space for collaborative professional development and fruitful sharing about how to deal with the consequences the pandemic has had on safeguarding children, young people, and people at risk.

The Centre for Child Protection becomes an Institute

The Centre for Child Protection becomes an Institute

The Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection takes on a new guise and institutional framework, intensifying its commitment to the work of protecting minors and vulnerable people from sexual abuse.

Cardinal Parolin: reaffirmS the dignity of Our Smallest ones

Cardinal Parolin: reaffirmS the dignity of Our Smallest ones

The Vatican Secretary of State sent a message during the meeting promoted by our Safeguarding Partner Telefono Azzurro that focused on the theme “Dignity of children and adolescents at the time of Covid”. The Cardinal stressed the need for “a more incisive approach in the education of our younger generations.”

May 5: Fighting Child Abuse on and offline

May 5: Fighting Child Abuse on and offline

“Governments, the non-profit sector, institutions, academia and civil society should join efforts and commit to protecting the dignity of children and adolescents worldwide.”

Balancing confidentiality, transparency and accountability

Balancing confidentiality, transparency and accountability

The ongoing work of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (TutelaMinorum) continues to bring together experts from around the world, providing renewed attention to strengthening the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis faced in every part of...

Safeguarding begins in Homes and Schools

Safeguarding begins in Homes and Schools

In 2017, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in collaboration with the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University, hosted a global seminar on safeguarding and education, with a particular focus on Latin America.

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