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Guzmán at the Pontifical Academy: political support, scientific prestige and contacts of the highest level


San Guzmán: an almost beatific image of the minister, on a visit to the Vatican

The decision of the Pope Francisco to incorporate Martin Guzman to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is, in addition to an obvious political support in the face of questions that may arise from within the government itself, and especially from hard Kirchnerism, which placed the Secretary of Commerce as a wedge within the expanded economic team Inside, Roberto FelettiIt is also an endorsement for the IMF and a way of putting it on a par with leading international figures.

“It is a very important designation. The Academy incorporates believing and non-believing scholars and fosters a true dialogue between the sciences ”, the Italian journalist told Infobae Nello Scavo, of Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Episcopal Conference and author of the book “Bergoglio’s list”, in which – after the questions to now Pope Francis by Horacio Verbitsky and the echo that part of the international press had made of them – counted several cases of people saved by Bergoglio during the military dictatorship that ruled in Argentina between 1976 and 1983.

In academia, Guzmán has well-known and like-minded economists, such as his academic mentor and Nobel Prize in Economics. Joseph stiglitz, in addition to the famous Jeffrey Sachs, both professors from Columbia University.

Another prominent member is the current president of the Italian Council of Ministers, Mario draghi, for many years president of the European Central Bank and, according to the chronicles of recent months, the most effective head of the Italian Government in the last decade.

An old member of the Academy is Stefano Zamagni, who for a long time chaired it and is a professor at the University of Bologna, from which he was projected to give courses at the Institute of the Foreign Service of the Nation (ISEN), of the Argentine Foreign Ministry.

Guzmán at the Pontifical Academy: political support, scientific prestige and contacts of the highest level
President Alberto Fernández with his Italian counterpart, Mario Draghi, one of the members of the Academy which is now joined by Guzmán REUTERS / Guglielmo Mangiapane

Among the recent publications of the Academy are “Nation, State, Nation State”, “Towards a participatory society, new paths for social and cultural integration” and “Inclusive Solidarity and integration of marginalized people”, in all cases compilations of events and meetings of the Academy, which is also integrated by another member of Alberto Fernández’s government, the Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Gustavo Béliz.

The incorporation of Guzmán to the Academy will probably also produce a personal impression on Kristalina Georgieva, the director of the Fund, who met Guzmán precisely at an event in 2020, at the request of Francisco.

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has in turn links with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (simply), born out of the “Accademia dei Lincei”, founded in 1603 by the Vatican executive secretariat and one of the first scientific Cenacles in history.

Guzmán at the Pontifical Academy: political support, scientific prestige and contacts of the highest level

Believers and non-believers of notable scientific pedigree also intersect there, such as the president of the body, the German Joachim von Braun, a specialist in food and nutrition. The Academy had and also has several Nobel Laureates in Science, such as David Baltimore (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1975) and Werner Arber (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1978), French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 and Scientific Director of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, in addition to the Brazilian physicist and materials engineer Vanderle Bagnato, the English botanist, virologist and geneticist David Baulcombe, the also English Helen Blau, a specialist in stem cells and regenerative medicine, the North American geneticist Francis Collins, one of the “fathers” of the disclosure of the structure of DNA, Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti, director of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, and Frenchman Stanislas Dehaene, world authority on cognitive psychology and author of several popular books translated into Spanish and disseminated in Argentina

Among the Argentines, the physicist Juan Maldacena, from the Center for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, and the mathematician Luis Ángel Caffarelli stand out.

Francisco’s gesture is undoubtedly a great papal, scientific and political accolade to Guzmán, for the extremely complicated task that lies ahead.

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