Academy to Focus on Intergenerational Solidarity

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which runs Thursday through Monday, will be the first dedicated to intergenerational solidarity.



The theme of the session is "Intergenerational Solidarity, Welfare and Human Ecology." The event is expected to attract the majority of the academy's 33 members, as well as other experts.

A Vatican press statement said that the session will aim "to examine the implications in the social, political, economic and environmental field in intergenerational relations."

It will be the first assembly led by the pontifical academy's new president, Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard University law professor appointed by John Paul II to this post March 9.

The Vatican press statement said the session will "touch upon many areas of Catholic social thought: the understanding of solidarity as a virtue ('Sollicitudo Rei Socialis,' 38), the concern for the family as 'the first and vital cell of society' ('Familiaris Consortio,' 42), the concern for the weakest and most vulnerable members of the human family ('Centesimus Annus,' 48; 'Ecclesia in Europa,' 8), the concern for future generations ('Centesimus Annus,' 37, 40), and the principle of subsidiarity."