Who we are

DIALOP transversal Dialogue Project. DIALOP fosters and supports the dialogue of good willing persons, with secular and religious backgrounds, especially between Socialist/Marxists and Christians. In collaboration with universities and other formal or informal educational institutions, DIALOP aims to develop and implement the fields of a Social Ethics, applying the principles of the Marxian Social Critique and the Social Doctrine of the Church. This project is called RESET.


DIALOP is a non-profit association that pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes within the meaning of §§ 34 ff BAO:

  • Implementation of an academic think-tank in “transversal social ethics”: RESET
  • Collaboration with universities as well as other formal and informal educational institutions
  • Facilitation of dialogue initiatives between the Catholic Church (the global Compact https://www.educationglobalcompact.org/en/ ) and the European Left (transform!Europe-network.net)
  • Sustainable, not directly interest-led transversal dialogue between different worldviews, cultures and religions
  • Collaboration and networking with groups and associations for weltanschauung interacting
  • Promotion and engagement in science, art and culture and their mediation



DIALOP – Transversal Dialogue Project
A-1170 Vienna, Alszeile 42/9

ZVR-Zahl: 1057040494

Coordination team

  • Luisa Sello – Focolare Movement, Vienna (Austria)
  • Cornelia Hildebrandt – Co-President of transform!europe, Berlin (Germany)
  • José Manuel Pureza – Professor for Sociology at the University of Coimbra, Researcher at CES, Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Angelina Giannopoulou – Facilitator of transform!europe, Athens (Greece)
  • Franz Kronreif – Focolare Movement, Vienna (Austria)
  • Petra Steinmair-Pösel – Theologian, specialized in Social Ethics at the KPH-ES Innsbruck

Scientific Board

  • Walter Baier – President of the Party of the European Left
  • Micha Brie – Scientific Board of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  • Bernard Callebaut – Professor of Social Sciences at the Sophia University Institute
  • Piero Coda – Secretary general of the international Theological Commission at the Holy See & Professor for Trinitarian Ontology at the Sophia University Institute
  • Juan Garcia Gutierrez – Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics Education at the National Distance Education University UNED Madrid
  • Michael Löwy – Marxist sociologist and philosopher
  • Wolfgang Palaver – form. Professor of Catholic Social Thought University Innsbruck
  • Daniela Ropelato – Associated Professor of Political Science at the Sophia University Institute

The history of DIALOP

During the private audience that Pope Francis granted to two left politicians Alexis Tsipras and Walter Baier as well as Franz Kronreif of the Focolare Movement on September 18th 2014, the conversation focused on the environmental crisis and the worldwide social crisis. At the end of that audience Pope Francis called the visitors to launch a transversal dialogue, capable of involving the broadest strata of society and above all of the youth. He said: “No world power today is able to solve the crucial problems of the world alone.” And Tsipras added: “We agreed on the need to continue the dialogue between the European left and the Christian church,” he said. “There is a need to create an ecumenical alliance against poverty, inequalities, against the logic that markets and profits are above people.”

From that first meeting many more followed between intellectuals, scholars and students of the Christian and of the Left side.


The RESET project aims to advance the creation of new, attractive and sustainable European narratives by elaborating an academic curriculum of transversal social ethics to be tested by the partnering universities and then offered to other educational institutions.

Three different approaches – Christian social teaching, Marxian critical theory and feminisms – try to achieve a differentiated consensus.

Position Paper

‘In search of a common future in solidarity. Only together can we be saved.’

Under this slogan we describe in the attached document the path we have traveled together so far, with the intention of presenting our common goal – , a peaceful, ecologically sustainable, and socially just world – to a broad public. We invite you, dear reader, to support our initiative with your signature.

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