“Economic and social exclusion is a complete denial of human fraternity and a grave offense against human rights… To enable these real men and women to escape from extreme poverty, we must allow them to be dignified agents of their own destiny… Integral human development and the full exercise of human dignity cannot be imposed. They must be built up and allowed to unfold… The number and complexity of the problems require that we possess technical instruments of verification... the simplest and best measure (s).”
Seeking to make a unique and important contribution to the global dialogue on this topic, the conference will bring together international specialists, authorities and professionals to examine it from several perspectives - to highlight issues and implications raised by Pope Francis’ charge and to suggest ways it might be realized. This conference should provide “value added” - that is: the conference should make a practical and substantial contribution to the international dialogue on the topic.
Holy Mass to be held in the Chapel of Blessed Rupert Mayer, S.J., Lowenstein Building, 2nd Fl (Fordham University)
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Covering one day, a senior Church official will frame the issue - elaborating the Holy Father’s position. Then, responding to Pope Francis’ call “that we possess technical instruments of verification...the simplest and best measure”, we will define poverty and propose how to measure it - using the schema identified by the Holy Father. After this, we will investigate and propose specific, practical efforts which operationalize Pope Francis’ insistence that people “be dignified agents of their own destiny”.