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Sociologist to head papal academy

16 April 2014 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0

A BRITISH academic has been appointed by Pope Francis as the next president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, writes Christopher Lamb.Professor Margaret Archer, 71, pictured right, is a sociologist at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland. She spent much of her earlier career at the University of Warwick.The academy was established by Pope John Paul II in 1994 to find ways to apply the Church’s social teachings to topics such as globalisation, the economy and employment. Professor Archer is the second woman president of the academy in a row: she succeeds Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor who was the US ambassador to the Holy See.Professor Archer told The Tablet that she wants to better communicate the Church’s social doctri ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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