Dear friends of the Observatory,
We are fast approaching the end of this year, 2010, which has been most fruitful for our Observatory. I would like to evoke for you some of the main new things we did during this year.
The first was the launching of the Spanish version of our website. As of the very first days on line, many, many indeed were those in Latin America who registered for our Newsletter and there was a real surge in contacts.
The second was the publication of the Second Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world (Edizioni Cantagalli, Siena), which was presented to the general public on 25 September 2010 in Trieste. This year’s edition of the Report was very well received and its publication bears witness to our Observatory’s vitality in programming and implementing long term scientific commitments.
As far as our series of books is concerned, published at the outset of 2010 was Stefano Fontana’s book entitled Parola e comunità politica. Saggio su vocazione e attesa, [Word and Political Community. Essay on Vocation and Awaiting] (Cantagalli, Siena), and in October my book entitled Il cattolico in politica. Manuale per la ripresa [Catholics in Politics, Handbook for the Recovery] (Cantagalli, Siena). This latter book generated a considerable amount of interest in Italy, received good coverage in the printed press, and had to be reprinted. Now in the pipeline in Portugal and Spain are the translated versions into Portuguese and Spanish.
Naturally forging ahead hand in hand with these events were the regular activities of the Observatory, which is increasingly considered a reliable point of reference in Italy and abroad for those dealing with the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Lastly, the ordinary Assembly of the Observatory took place on 10 December and elected the new Board of Directors for the upcoming triennium.
I would like to thank all our collaborators for their contributions to these demanding activities carried out by the Observatory.
Let us look towards the new year with utmost trust and ask the Lord to guide us along His ways at the service of the Church’s work of evangelization throughout the world. When chanting the Te Deum at the end of the year we will also have our Observatory very much in mind.
In closing, with all my heart do I extend to you and your families my best wishes for a Holy Christmas in the light of the Infant Jesus.
+ Most Rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi