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Is religious violence a thing of the past? Experts discuss issue during the Rimini Meeting

Paola Vismara, is a professor of Church History at the University of Milan. She says that even though it's true that the Church took part in the inquisition, censorship and control, 'that' she says, is part of history. In modern society, religious violence is but a small part of a much bigger picture, which greatly benefits from religion.

For the first time Shiite Ibrahim Shamseddine, from the Lebanon attended the Rimini meeting. He says that religion is never the source of violence, since one cannot not judge a creed by the behavior of a single person. As an example he talked about Osama Bin Laden. The problem arises when fanatics combine their religion with politics. As a Russian writer, how exactly did Dostoevskij see the world? From icons to divine humans and the reincarnation of a higher being. These themes are all part of his work. Also included, is just how wicked mankind can be. From his art to his literature, his work reflects his personal perspective.

Hell or paradise, it's man who decides which door to open. That's what happens to Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment. It follows the theme of changing one self and also the world, or of getting trapped in a vicious cycle. Sonia, who represents the Virgin Mary exemplifies how one can respond with good.

"It's the idea that people, by changing themselves can ultimately change the entire world. Really, man must do nothing more than this.�

For a deeper understanding of Dostoevskij, Professor Kasatkina says that more than just studying, students must create a connection with the work.

"The texts can be understood only with someone who talks to you. Some of the discoveries that are in this exhibit have been the result of Russian and Italian students. By working independently, they found things that I had not reached  with hands, eyes or mind.â? Italy's summer heat can be quite challenging, even for people who like warm weather. But still, some people attending the meeting have taken part in a non-competitive walk along the countryside.

It's a challenge that continues every day here, where enthusiasts and sometimes just fans come together to test their physical endurance. Everything from beach rugby to mental games like chess.