The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established in January 1994 by Pope John Paul II. It is headquartered in the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican. Professor Edmond Malinvaud was its first president. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences' methods have much in common with the practices developed by Academies all over the world, but it has the special task of entering into dialogue with the Church. Its scientific activities are intended to be organised and focused so as to promote this dialogue in the best possible way.