Aims and activities

The International Observatory Card. Van Thuân was created for the international promotion of the social doctrine of the Church.

It provides reasoned information about the Church's social doctrine, with respect to which it also undertakes the systematic collection of data, documents and studies, making said material accessible to interested parties on-line as well.

The Observatory likewise prepares reflections, evaluations and in-depth studies on the Church's social doctrine, doing so from a universal and inter-disciplinary viewpoint.

Lastly, the Observatory flags and sustains experiences that put the Church's social doctrine into practice in various sectors of international social life.

The Observatory collaborates with episcopal conferences and other ecclesial entities, study centers dedicated to the social doctrine of the Church and germane international agencies.

The International Observatory Card. Van Thuân is in full communion of intent with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, whose mandate guides its activities as such.

The Observatory's Activities

Presented below are the Observatory's current activities:

  • Web portal: www.vanthuanobservatory.org
  • This is a portal in three languages: Italian, English and Spanish. Accessible on it are documents, instruments, materials and instruments relative to the Church's social doctrine. It responds to all the needs of those who harbor interest in the social Magisterium of the Catholic Church for any number of reasons. This portal is updated on a daily basis. The list of those who receive the Newsletter includes thousands of people all over the world.

  • "Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church"
  • Quarterly review of the Observatory published in Italy, Latin America and Spain. For more information visit the dedicated area.

  • Series of the Observatory published by Edizioni Cantagalli, Siena (Italy)
  • Published as part of this Series in Italian are studies and research on the Church's social doctrine. For more information and the list of titles visit the dedicated area.

  • Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the World
  • Each year the Observatory publishes a Report on the state of the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world. For more information visit the dedicated area.

  • Annual symposium in memory of Cardinal Van Thuân
  • In commemoration of Cardinal Van Thuân's death on 16 September 2002, each year on that same day the Observatory organizes a symposium on themes inherent in the Social Doctrine of the Church. Invited in particular to attend this symposium are the Groups of the Friends of Cardinal Van Thuân.

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Anno XIII (2017), numero 1, GENNAIO-MARZO

Bulletin of Social Doctrine of the Church

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