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Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an Age of Turbulence

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Twelfth Plenary Session, 28 April-2 May 2006
Acta 12, eds M.A. Glendon and P. Donati
Vatican City, 2006
pp. XXXVI-578
ISBN 88-86726-19-8

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FIRST SESSION
WHAT DOES SOLIDARITY WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE REQUIRE?


The Gift of Life and Our Responsibilities towards Children and Young People (PDF)
Alfonso López Trujillo


Comment (PDF)
Cherie Booth, Q.C.


Doing Well by Our Children (PDF)
Partha Dasgupta


The Responsibility of Parents to Children (PDF)
Kenneth Arrow


The Circle and the Line: Kinship, Vanishment and Globalization Narratives in a Rich/Poor World (PDF)
John O’Neill


Les évolutions démographiques de la jeunesse dans le monde (PDF)
Gérard-François Dumont


Comment (PDF)
Pedro Morandé


SECOND SESSION
REGIONAL REPORTS – PART I: ASIA AND AFRICA


‘Vanishing Youth’ – A Situation on Asia’s Children (PDF)
Mina M. Ramirez


Comment (PDF)
Hsin-Chi Kuan


Excluded and Invisible Children in Africa (PDF)
Paulus Zulu


Comment (PDF)
Nicholas J. McNally


THIRD SESSION
REGIONAL REPORTS – PART II: EAST AND WEST EUROPE


Family as a Victim of a Deluded Search for Paradise on Earth: From the Central Planning Happiness to Self-Deception of the Market System (PDF)
Lubomír Mlcoch


Comments
The Family in the Period of Political Transformation
(PDF)
Hanna Suchocka


The Young Generation as a Hope? (PDF)
Bedrich Vymetalík


What does Solidarity with Children and Young People Require? West Europe Report (PDF)
José T. Raga


Comment
Educare: aspetto fondamentale della solidarietà con bambini e giovani
(PDF)
Vittorio Possenti


FOURTH SESSION
REGIONAL REPORTS – PART III: LATIN AND NORTH AMERICA


How to Pay an Unpayble Debt: The Intergenerational Challenge of Latin Americans (PDF)
Mariano Grondona


Comments
Social Policies in Brazil Aimed at Children and Young People
(PDF)
Patrus Ananias

Comment (PDF)
Juan José Llach


Luces y Sombras en America Latina (PDF)
Belisario Betancur


Report on the Condition of North American Youth (PDF)
Kevin Ryan


Comments
Comments on Child Poverty, the Family, the Market, Public Policies and the Social Environment
(PDF)
Joseph Stiglitz


La jeunesse nord-américaine à l’ère de la mondialisation: le cas du Canada et du Québec (PDF)
Louis Sabourin


FIFTH SESSION
PROSPECTS FOR FORMATION OF BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT OF COMING GENERATIONS


The Rights of Children and Minors in International Charters (PDF)
Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli


Comment
The Child’s Rights in International Charters
(PDF)
Hans F. Zacher


Implications for the Role of the Catholic Church and Catholic Organizations Worldwide (PDF)
Michel Schooyans


Comment
I giovani delle Gmg, protagonisti della “rivoluzione di Dio” oggi
(PDF)
Stanislaw Rylko


Implications for the Social Teaching of the Church (PDF)
Diarmuid Martin


Comments
A propos de l’enseignement social
(PDF)
Edmond Malinvaud


Katholische Soziallehre und Solidarität der Generationen (PDF)
Herbert Schambeck

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The Academy’s work in 2006 was primarily focused on the continuation of its Intergenerational Solidarity project, with our 12th Plenary Session (held from April 28 to May 2, 2006) devoted to the topic ‘Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an Age of Turbulence’. By all accounts, the session was highly successful. Academicians, with the help of several invited experts, broadened their study of the ways in which the economic and demographic transformations of our times are affecting relations among the generations. Previously, in our 2004 meeting on ‘Intergenerational Solidarity, Welfare, and Human Ecology’, we had concentrated mainly on the challenges posed by declining birth rates and aging populations for social security and health care systems. Upon the conclusion of that meeting, there was a consensus among the members that the project should turn next to the implications of those developments for the situations of children and young people. This choice seemed especially desirable in view of the fact that Catholic Social Thought to date has not focused as explicitly on the situation of young people as it has, for example, on issues relating to labor, women, and poverty. Accordingly, the 12th Plenary Session, coordinated by Academician Professor Pierpaolo Donati, began with a global demographic overview, followed by six regional reports on the actual situation of young persons in North America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe. In addition, six young persons from various regions were invited to the listen to the proceedings and to provide the Academy with their own reflections and perspectives. This innovation was widely appreciated, both by participants in the conference and by journalists who wrote about the meeting.
After the end of our conference, and mindful of our obligation to furnish the Holy See with elements that may be helpful in the development of Catholic Social Thought, your President respectfully forwarded the Final Report containing our conclusions with a series of three recommendations to Pope Benedict XVI. The recommendations were to consider elaborating a document on intergenerational solidarity, to consider establishing an inter-dicasterial working group to coordinate efforts of solidarity with young people, and to intensify efforts in the area of formation and transmission of the faith from one generation to the next.

Mary Ann Glendon

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