• Werner Arber

    Date of Birth 3 June 1929 Place Gränichen (Switzerland) Nomination 12 May 1981 (President of the PAS from 20 December 2010) Field Microbiology Title Professor, Nobel laureate... Read more


And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People. This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches. A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity. It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city.
And now I would like to give the blessing, but first - first I ask a favour of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop. Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me.

Francis, Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi", 13 March 2013



2015 Events

  • Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity

    Workshop, 28 April 2015 - Organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, SDSN and Religions for Peace, the goal of this summit is to help strengthen... Read more
  • Children and Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Education

    Workshop 13-15 November 2015 – In April 2014 the Pontifical Academies jointly held an excellent Workshop on Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature. A remarkable series of contributions produced a... Read more
  • Big Data and Science

    Workshop 17-18 November 2015 – One of the distinctive features of contemporary scientific research, in both basic and applied sciences, is the large amount of data that is continuously being... Read more

2014 Events

  • Evolving Concepts of Nature

    Plenary Session 24-28 October 2014 - Right from the roots of cultural evolution of mankind, testimonies can be found of early and of later modified and updated world views, that must be based both on... Read more
  • World Meeting of Popular Movements

    27, 28 & 29 October 2014 The culture of encounter at the service of poor people and poor nations As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute... Read more
  • Young People Against Prostitution and Trafficking

    Joint Workshop of the PAS and the Global Freedom Network, 15-16 November 2014 - The estimates of prostitution and human trafficking are staggering. Precise statistics are impossible, given the... Read more

2013 Events

  • Trafficking in Human Beings

    Workshop 2-3 November 2013 – Prologue: Following a wish expressed by Pope Francis, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, together with FIAMC (World Federation of the... Read more
  • Bread and Brain

    Workshop 4-6 November 2013 – The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has a rich history of transdisciplinary meetings. Given the nature of the urgent and dramatic challenges regarding education and... Read more
  • Via Humanitatis

    Workshop 19-21 April 2013 -There is no doubt that, for the human being, the history of humanity (via humanitatis) is a primary path of the spirit and "teacher of life". In the course of... Read more