"Grida di piazza e ‘silenzi’ in cerca di ascolto"
Abstract: Certain words stand the test of time and their novelty never wears off. Such is the word “pact”, which when used in Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium, means “a social and cultural pact”, an accord about life in society. It concerns the progress of peoples and their cultures. This essay deals with the contemporary search for new insights, on the part of those who speak out and those who in silence need to be heard, regarding the shared experience of society. It is a contribution to the story of ideas, in which law has played its part, which seek to rediscover the true foundations of society in the common dignity of each person. In the historical development of law there have been abuses and exclusions, and we now see a requirement for legislation to go beyond the protection of individuals, and become instrumental in forging a new pact which will open the way to communion among all.