Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session on Disability and the Human Condition

Plenary Session | 9-10-11 April 2024

There is no exact number of people with disabilities worldwide. International organisations estimate that 16% of the world's population experience significant disabling conditions. ... Read all

The Family as a Relational Good

Plenary Session | 27-29 April 2022

All surveys conducted at national and international levels show that the family is at the top of the scale of people’s values under every latitude. People claim that the family is ... Read all

Nation, State, Nation-State

Plenary Session | 1-3 May 2019

The world is facing today a growing threat of nationalist revival. Exclusivist national ideology leads to mutual rejection and enduring conflicts. Yet humanity has learned from its ... Read all

Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration

Plenary Session | 28 April - 2 May 2017

Since the beginning of his Pontificate, Pope Francis has asked our Academy to give more attention to the poor, the marginalized, the sick, the suffering, and to make a renewed ... Read all

Human Trafficking: Issues Beyond Criminalization

Plenary Session | 17-21 April 2015

There are two statements that Pope Francis has constantly repeated from the beginning of his Pontificate: that ‘Human Trafficking is Modern Slavery’ and that this practice is a ... Read all

The Global Quest for Tranquillitas Ordinis

Plenary Session | 27 April - 2 May 2012

Pacem in Terris reflected a profound sense of its own historical moment, both sacred and secular. In less than five weeks’ time (11 October – 16 November 1962), Pope John XXIII had ... Read all

Universal Rights in a World of Diversity

Plenary Session | 29 April - 3 May 2011

The 17th Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is the first of two Plenaries to be dedicated to the analysis of developments affecting areas of Catholic ... Read all

Crisis in a Global Economy – Re-Planning the Journey

Plenary Session | 30 April - 4 May 2010

Mindful of its responsibility to provide the Holy See with elements that may be useful in the development of its social teaching, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences will ... Read all

Catholic Social Doctrine and Human Rights

Plenary Session | 1-5 May 2009

‘Where is your brother?’ God’s question to Cain (Gen 4:9) is posed to mankind in all epochs as a central question in the achievement of the Order of the Creation. It is proposed ... Read all

Pursuing the Common Good: How Solidarity and Subsidiarity Can Work Together

Plenary Session | 2-6 May 2008

In the social teaching of the Church, solidarity and subsidiarity are viewed as linked, mutually reinforcing and necessary to realising the common good. Ideally, this is the case. ... Read all