Master's Degree in Ecology Inspired by Christian Humanism

Set Up by Regina Apostolorum and Italian Ministry of the Environment

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ROME, OCT. 16, 2002 (Zenit.org).- A master's degree in environmental sciences is being offered in Rome, inspired by Christian humanism.



The degree is offered by the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of the Environment.

Program director Antonio Gaspari explained that the course will begin Oct. 25 and will focus on "the anthropocentric and integral conception of human development, in keeping with the best philosophical and theological tradition of the Catholic Church."

The master's is directed at professors, educators, businessmen, public employees, members of ecological organizations, priests, men and women religious, seminarians, leaders of volunteer movements, and to all who wish to study the Church's social doctrine on environmental topics or work in the field of environmental protection.

It is a one-year program, from October to June, divided in six parts, of 40 hours each, adding up to a total of 240 classroom hours. Classes will be held only once a week, for eight hours.

The subjects of the six parts are "Anthropological and Theological Foundations"; "Science and Technology"; "Economics and the Environment"; Bioethics and Environmental Problems"; "Law and Jurisprudence"; and "Environment, Information and Media."

The program is recognized by Italian universities as well as by pontifical universities.

Among the professors in the ecclesial field are Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences and of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences; and Legionary Father Thomas Williams, dean of theology of Regina Apostolorum.

Among the professors in the scientific area are Paolo Vecchia of the Physics Laboratory and member of Italian Higher Council of Health; engineer Paolo Fornaciari, former director of the nuclear section of the ENEL enterprise; and Paolo Sequi, director of the Experimental Institute for Plant Nutrition.

To register for the master's program or to receive more information, send a message to ambiente@upra.org.