Pontifical Academy of Mary
The Pontifical Academy of Mary (Latin: Pontificia Academia Mariana Internationalis, Italian: Pontificia accademia mariana internazionale, P.A.M.I.) is an international pontifical organization tasked with promoting mariology.
The PAMI also has the task of coordinating the other Marian Academies and Societies that exist all over the world and to exercise vigilance against any Marian excess or minimalism. For this reason the Pope determined that in the Academy there be a Council that assures the organization of Congresses and the coordination of the Mariological Societies, Promoters and Teachers of Mariology.
The Academy was established in July 1946 by the Order of Friars Minor with the specific task of organising scientific debates and conferences as well as care for the publication of the Bibliotheca Mariana. It was also responsible for studies relating to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which celebrated its first centenary.
The first president of the Commission was Friar Charles Balic, who directed the Chair of Marian Studies at the Pontifical Atheneum Antonianum.
On December 8, 1959, Pope John XXIII, with the motu proprio Maiora in dies gave the Academy the title of “Pontifical”. In this way he instituted in it the permanent Committee charged with organizing the celebration of International Mariological and Marian Congresses. Said Committee, with the Statutes approved by Pope John Paul II is the Council of the Academy.
In 1950 the Academy gained international recognition with the organisation of the first International Mariological Congress and the eighth International Marian Congress. Congresses in 1948 and 1958 followed. The 23rd International Congress is scheduled for September 4–9, 2012, and emphasizes developments and new perspectives in contemporary Roman Catholic Mariology (since Vatican Council II, after which it declined, and then was revived starting with the pontificate of Pope Paul VI).
The work of PAMI has a twofold purpose: to promote and favor the scientific studies of the Virgin Mary, be they speculative or historical-critical, and to organize periodic Marian Conventions and Conferences Academy. The results of which are edited and published in Mariological Collections, be they of historical or theological in nature.
It is the will of the Church that it be an International, yet centralized body for the coordination of Mariological work in various nations and in the single scientific entities. This task of coordination was highlighted by the pontifical document of Pope John XXIII: “It is our desire that this our Academy continue, as it has up till now, to work for the friendly union of forces and intent of all other Marian Academies and Societies existing in the world so as to contribute to the praise and honor of the Virgin Mary”.
Marian Societies and Academies
- Société Française d’Études Mariales (SFEM - Francia)
- Sociedad Mariológica Española (SME - Spagna)
- Mariological Society of the United States (USA)
- Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Mariologie (Germania)
- Sociedad Mariológica Colombiana
- Polskie Towarzystwo Mariologiczne (Polonia)
- Hrvatski Mariološki Institut (Croazia)
- Associazione Mariologica Interdisciplinare Italiana (AMI)
- Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM - Inghilterra-Usa)
- Società Mariologica Mediorientale (Libano)
- Mariological Academy of India (India)
- Mariological Society of Philippines
Others Marian Sections:
- Asiatic Section
- African Section
- Latin-American Section
- Slovenia Section
- Brazilian Section
- Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum (Rome)
- International Marian Research Institute (Dayton - USA)
- Marian Academy of Kolbe (Kolbianum) in Niepokalanow (Poland)
- Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose S. Maria di Monte Berico (Vicenza - Italy)
- Centro mariano de los Siervos de Maria (Mexico)
- Centrum Formacji Maryjnej “Salvatoris Mater” Księży Marianów (Poland)
- Academia Marial de Aparecida (Brasil)
- Marian Centre of Our Lady Ta’ Pinu Shrine (Gozo, Malta)
Teachers of Mariology
The PAMI coordinates the teachers of mariology for which it organizes periodic meetings .
The Congresses organized by the PAMI:
1950 - 1º Mariological International Congress - 8º Marian International Congress - Rome
1954 - 2º Mariological International Congress - 9º Marian International Congress - Rome
1958 - 3º Mariological International Congress - 10º Marian International Congress - Lourdes
1965 - 4º Mariological International Congress - 11º Marian International Congress - Santo Domingo
1967 - 5º Mariological International Congress - 12º Marian International Congress - Lisboa
1971 - 6º Mariological International Congress - 13º Marian International Congress - Zagreb
1975 - 7º Mariological International Congress - 14º Marian International Congress - Rome
1979 - 8º Mariological International Congress - 15º Marian International Congress - Zaragoza
1983 - 9º Mariological International Congress - 16º Marian International Congress - Malta
1987 - 10º Mariological International Congress - 17º Marian International Congress - Kevelaer
1992 - 11º Mariological International Congress - 18º Marian International Congress - Huelva
1996 - 12º Mariological International Congress - 19º Marian International Congress - Częstochowa
From year 2000 the congresses assumed the actual denomination, after the revision of the Statutes of the PAMI, approved by John Paul II (January 8, 1996).
2000 - 20º Mariological Marian International Congress - Rome
2004 - 21º Mariological Marian International Congress - Rome
2008 - 22º Mariological Marian International Congress - Lourdes
2012 - 23º Mariological Marian International Congress - Rome