Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre (MCE)


The Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre (MCE) of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy was founded in 2009 to study the ethical dimensions (social and individual) of economic and social life in a systematic and scientific way, in the light of reason and the Catholic faith.

Its purpose is to foster dialogue between faith and contemporary culture for the promotion of a positive transformation of society and global development.

MCE Research Centre’s activities focus on deepening and disseminating Catholic perspectives, through research and academic events, on the relation between ethics, culture and the economy and on the role and conduct of business in society. 

MCE does not align with any particular school of economic thought and is open to all traditions willing to dialogue with Christian anthropology and perspective. At the same time, MCE has an ecumenical and interreligious approach since social problems can only be resolved by a joint effort and in dialogue with contemporary culture regarding the meaning of a more humane economy.



In evidenza

Il giorno 3 ottobre Luca Mongelli (MCE Executive Director, IESE Marie Curie Fellow) è stato ospite della trasmissione Di Buon Mattino in onda su Tv2000 per parlare di Ridaje, la start up a vocazione sociale - di cui è socio fondatore - che si occupa di trasformare i senza fissa dimora in giardinieri del verde pubblico della città di Roma. 

Attraverso particolari modelli di business Ridaje sfrutta le potenzialità del mercato per generare un impatto su tutte quelle persone tipicamente escluse dal contesto sociale.

As part of its activity the Markets, Culture and Ethics (MCE) Research Centre attended the panel discussion Migration and labor: solutions through (social) entrepreneurship? which took place on 21 April in Wien.

The field of tension between migration, work and the supply of skilled workers- the focus will be on women and girls in the formative years of their lives- in its complexity and multidimensionality is both an exciting challenge and opportunity for entrepreneurs. What role do social and economic dynamics and new forms of inclusion and empowerment play in this matter?

On 21 June the Markets, Culture and Ethics (MCE) Research Centre hosted the seminar Contemplation at Work: A Theological Conversation Between John Paul II and Josemaría Escrivá, fourth appointment of the seminar series Holiness Through Work: Commemorating the Encyclical Laborem Exercens. Speakers of the event Prof. Msgr. Martin Schlag (Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair for Catholic Social Thought at St. Thomas University, Minnesota, US, John A. Ryan Institute Director, Minnesota, US, MCE Director, Rome) and Prof. Rev. Cristian Mendoza (Professor of Social Doctrine of the Church at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome).

The seminar Confronting a Technocratic Future: Women’s Work and the Church’s Social Vision​, fourth appointment of the seminar series Holiness Through Work: Commemorating the Encyclical Laborem Exercens, previewed 30 May is postponed to date to reschedule.


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