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From the Statutes:

Title I - Constitution and Aims

Art. 1
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established by the Holy Father John Paul II on 1 January 1994 (AAS 86 [1994], 213), with the aim of promoting the study and progress of the social sciences, primarily economics, sociology, law and political science. The Academy, through an appropriate dialogue, thus offers the Church the elements which she can use in the development of her social doctrine, and reflects on the application of that doctrine in contemporary society. The Academy, which is autonomous, maintains a close relationship with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Art. 2
To achieve its aims the Academy:
- organizes congresses and study days on specific themes;
- promotes scientific surveys and research;
- helps and assists institutions and private individuals to execute them; - publishes the results of its own consultations;
- issues publications of a scientific nature

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