Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences focus on science and health policy, societal context of pandemic and need for long- and short-term action, lessons learned.
Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco is one of the signers of a statement released on March 20 by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The document states the appreciation of Pope Francis, PAS, and PASS for health workers, medical professionals, and others who are responding to the global needs of the pandemic.
“I was honored to participate in developing this document and serving as one of the signers along with some of the most eminent scientists and social scientists of multiple denominations from across the world,” says Dean Suárez-Orozco, who was appointed an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis in 2018.
The statement also outlines five priorities in dealing with COVID-19 and any future pandemics going forward: Strengthening early action and early responses; protecting the poor and vulnerable; shaping global interdependencies and help across and within nations; and strengthening solidarity and compassion.
“The document states Pope Francis’ loving appreciation for health workers, medical professionals, and first responders, and others who are stepping up to serve the global needs pandemic is generating with professionalism and altruistic devotion,” notes Suárez-Orozco.
To view “Responding to the Pandemic, Lessons for Future Actions and Changing Priorities,” visit this link.
Above: Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Courtesy of Marcelo Suárez-Orozco