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At the headquarters of the Italian Encyclopedia Institute, along with former Italian President Giuliano Amato and journalist Antonio Padellaro, I conversed with Giovanni Maria Flick on some important issues related to his latest book “L’algoritmo d’oro e la torre di Babele” (The Golden Algorithm and the Tower of Babel). Then, in the aftermath of Benedict XVI’s death, we spoke about the importance of this pope. In light of our telephone conversation, we resumed our discussion to develop some ideas, for the benefit of all including readers of La Civiltà Cattolica.

Giovanni Maria Flick, who was educated by the Jesuits in Turin and Genoa, became a full professor of criminal law at the University of Perugia and then at the Luiss University in 1976. In 1996 he was appointed Minister of Justice in Romano Prodi’s government.

After his experience as minister, he was chosen by the D’Alema government as the Italian representative at the Convention to draft the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. On February 14, 2000, he was appointed judge of the Constitutional Court by President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Elected 32nd President of the Court on November 14, 2000, he retired as president and judge on February 18, 2009.
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