Tuesday 28. January 2020
2016

From Rerum Novarum (1891) to Laudato si (2015)

Catholic social teaching as a reference to social and ecological welfare?

 

Tuesday 3 May 2016

 

organised by COMECE and ECWM, supported by ZASS and  Groupe Européen Pastorale Ouvrière (GEPO)

 

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Issued 125 years ago, Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum was the first to address the conditions of the working people and constituted the beginning of the Christian workers’ movement in Europe. Regarded as the fundament of Catholic social teaching, its tenets remain topical in today’s Europe, where especially the youth is still struggling with the consequences of the financial crisis. To discuss how Catholic Social Teaching could help tackling the economic challenges in the EU, the Secretariat COMECE and the European Christian Workers’ Movement (ECWM) organised this joint seminar on the anniversary of the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum.

 

The discussion involved presentations by academics as well as practitioners of social entrepreneurship which are available here:

 

Introduction in FR and DE

by H. E. Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio, Vice President of COMECE and President of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission

 

Opening Speech in DE

Otto Meier, KAB

 

From Rerum Novarum to Laudato si’

Presentation by Prof. em. Friedhelm Hengsbach sj, former Director of the Oswald von Nell-Breuning Institute for Economic and Social Ethical Studies, Ludwigshafen/Germany

 

The ecological and social question in a global perspective

Presentation by Dr. Elena Lasida, researcher in social economy, sustainable development and the relations between economy and theology at the Catholic Institute of Paris, Paris/France

 

Catholic Social Thinking in practice

Presentation by Tanja Gaudian – assistant of Sebastian Sladek, Managing Director of Elektrizitätswerke Schönau (EWS), Schönau/Germany

 

Welcome evening debate in FR and DE

by H. E. Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio, Vice President of COMECE and President of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission

 

Keynote speech “From Rerum Novarum (1891) to Laudato si’ (2015)

by Prof. Ingeborg Gabriel, Head of the Department Social Ethics at the University of Vienna/Austria and Vice President of Justice and Peace Europe

 

Contact presse:

Alessandro Di Maio

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