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ACADEMIC COLLOQUIUM ORGANIZED BY COR UNUM AND THE Katholische Sozialwissenschaftliche Zentralstelle, gERMANY

Vatican City, 23-24 March 2015

An academic colloquium entitled “The Person in the Center – The Anthropology in the Theology of Charity and in the Social Doctrine of the Church” will take place on the 23-24 of March at the Vatican. The event is organized by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and the Sozialwissenschaftliche Katholische Zentralstelle of Mönchengladbach, the Academy of the Bishops’ Conference of Germany, which studies issues related to the social doctrine of the Church. Professors and experts mainly from Germany will participate in this encounter.

The initiative, which is held annually since 2013, was born from the need to compare the two disciplines: the theology of charity and social doctrine of the Church. This year’s theme is on anthropology. In fact, in the field of care and promotion of the person, it is always important to reflect on the anthropological model that the Church is called to promote through her organizations. In the public sector, the debate is strongly felt for its ethical and legal implications.

In his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis said, I would like to address you “a message of encouragement to return to the firm conviction of the founders of the European Union, who envisioned a future based on the capacity to work together in bridging divisions and in fostering peace and fellowship between all the peoples of this continent. At the heart of this ambitious political project was confidence in man, not so much as a citizen or an economic agent, but in man, in men and women as persons endowed with transcendent dignity” (Address of Pope Francis to the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, 25 November 2014).