2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Vatican Council II's adoption of the conciliar document, Gaudium et Spes of 7 December 1965, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace celebrated the document's contribution, generally to the life of the Church, but particularly to the stimulus that it has given to the Church's engagement with society and the social order, organising a two-days-meeting on 5 and 6 November 2015 on the theme "Young generations at the service of humankind".
The opening session - intended as the Solemn Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes - was held in the morning of the 5th of November, at the New Synod Hall in the Vatican. This session was introduced by a reflection on the legacy of the Second Vatican Council followed by testimonies of Participants to the Council. The celebrative event was concluded by a gesture of symbolic handover of the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes legacy to an invited representation of youth from the different Continents.
The working sessions followed in the afternoon of the 5th of November. Four experts presented a thematic intervention, followed by comments of the Centers of Study of the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world. In this way, the Pontifical Council fro Justice and Peace intends to promote the knowledge about these Centers and about the implementation of the Social Doctrine of the Church in the different continents.
On the 6th of November young PhD candidates presented their work on selected issues getting in conversation with a professor in order to establish, in that way, a sort of dialogue among generations on the issues raised by Gaudium et Spes, which are still of great urgency or which have assumed new connotations in our days.
Two parallel workshops - one dedicated to the Centers of Study of the Social Doctrine of the Church and the other one dedicated to the youth - concluded the meeting.
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