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The Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre (MCE) of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross was founded in 2009 with the aim of studying in a systematic and scientific way the ethical aspects (social and individual) of economic and social life, in the light of reason and the Catholic faith. At the same time, it has an ecumenical and interreligious approach since social problems can only be resolved by a joint effort and in dialogue with contemporary culture. MCE’s academic activities are open to scholars and economic practitioners in all areas as they provide necessary elements for a true dialogue of faith with the world. MCE does not align itself with any particular school of economic thought, and it is open to all schools of thought as long as they are compatible with Christian anthropology, as expressed in the encyclicals, Centesimus Annus and Caritas in Veritate.
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XVIII Conference of the Faculty of Theology- MCE Research Centre

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Conference "The Heart of Work"

New Perspective of Christian Thought 500 years after the Reform

Rome, October 19-20  2017

The conference “The Heart of Work” will take place from October 19-20, 2017, at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome (please see the rationale of the conference:

The conference wishes to stimulate interdisciplinary reflection - historical, anthropological, sociological, ethical, economical and theological – on the meaning of professional work in the lives of men and women in today’s modern societies.

Our academic gathering coincides with two eventful anniversaries, which have profoundly influenced the development of the current mentality on work: the fifth centenary of the Reformation (1517), which has promoted a vision of work inspired by the Bible, and the first centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, which diffused a materialistic vision of work.  

We welcome all papers that, while dealing with professional work, make reference to any or both of these events, especially those which compare the Reformed concept of work with that of the Catholic tradition. However, other papers which do not deal with the aforementioned themes, can be accepted provided that they meet the necessary scientific level and contribute significantly to a richer and more complete comprehension of professional work as an activity which perfects the person, contributes to the progress of society and can become a path to holiness for all Christians.

Italian and English will be the two languages of the conference.

For more information please see the depliant of the conference

Click here to see more details about the Call for Papers.