Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

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Entrance to the Academy
Courtyard of the Academy

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) was established in January 1994 by Pope John Paul II and headquartered in the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican. It operates much like other academies worldwide, but has the special task of entering into dialogue with the Church. Its scientific activities are organised and focused to promote this dialogue.


PASS is one of the Pontifical academies at the Vatican in Rome. It was established to promote the study and progress of the social sciences, primarily economics, sociology, law, and political science. Through appropriate dialogue it offers the Church elements useful to the development of its social doctrine, and it reflects on the application of that doctrine in contemporary society. PASS, which is autonomous, maintains a close relationship with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.[1]

Edmond Malinvaud was the first president of the academy from 1994 until 2004. In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Professor Margaret Archer.

PASS is headquartered in the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican Gardens along with its sister academy, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The Chancellor of both academies is Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

List of Academicians[edit]

Ordinary Academicians
Honorary Academicians
Former Academicians

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Art. 1 of the Statutes of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

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Coordinates: 41°54′15″N 12°27′10″E / 41.90417°N 12.45278°E / 41.90417; 12.45278