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Sociability and Spirituality in the light of the Church Social Teaching

The 3rd International Week of Social Doctrine of the Church took place from 27th October to 1st November 1992 in the Convent of Sant'Antonio in Monte di Rieti. General theme: Sociality and spirituality in the light of the Social Doctrine of the Church. The work was divided into fundamental reports, round tables and discussions. After dealing with the philosophical and theological part of society as it is experienced by humanity today, ethics and Christian spirituality and charity were discussed in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the Sollicitudo rei socialis of Pope John Paul II. Close attention was then paid to Christian-inspired movements which in recent years have particularly stood out in the service of charity and in the liberation of the poor.

The political aspect has been taken into worthy consideration within the framework of the need for faith and the autonomy of the laity to take responsibility for building a just and free society. The topics developed were the following:

1. Philosophy and theology in the Catholic doctrine's justification of human sociality: the Aristotelian source, the biblical source, the Trinitarian source.

2. A modern philosophy of sociability-alterity (that of Emmanuel Levinas) and its biblical source.

3. Ethics and spirituality of sociality in the Second Vatican Council.

4. Christian solidarity and charity (according to the encyclical Sollicitudo rei socialis).

5. Sociality and spiritual community.

6. The spirituality of religious congregations or associations which dedicate themselves to the poor, F. Ozanam and the Society of St. Vincent de' Paoli, Maria Theresa of Calcutta.

7. Social spirituality in "Latin American liberation theology".

8. The social dimension of spirituality in the Church's latest documents on the laity, especially the last Lay Synod.

9. Social spirituality and political commitment: can they find themselves in each other's prolongation?

10. The people of God in their socio-political projection as seen by the Orthodox.