Satisfying the thirst for hope in the world

Vatican City, February 17, 2021. – The Pontifical Academy for Life wants to be deeply embodied in contemporary society: the work of the study seminar reserved for Academicians, took place online . Over 100 Academics have participated, from Europe, Africa, Asia, America.

-Reflection starting with the themes of the two encyclicals of Pope Francis: “Laudato Sì” and “Fratelli Tutti“;  This part was moderated by Prof. Gabriella Gambino, under-secretary of the Laity, Family, Life Dicastery.

In the first speech, Prof. M. Therese Lysaught, Loyola University of Chicago, addressed the connection between the two encyclicals.

In the second speech, Prof. Felix Löwenstein, president of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW – Germany), examined issues related to biodiversity, defined «the immune system of the earth». 

In the third speech, Prof. Mounir Farag, professor at Senghor University in Alexandria (Egypt), founder and director of the St. Joseph Institute for Family and Pro Vita (Egypt), underlined that «the year 2020 was marked by the massive Covid-19 health crisis, which became a global phenomenon cutting across boundaries. These events have taught us how important it is to care for one another and for creation in our efforts to build a more fraternal society. A culture of care as a way to combat the culture of indifference, waste and confrontation so prevalent in our time».