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XVII International Conference



We have the pleasure of presenting the program for the XVII International Conference on The Identity of Catholic Health Care Institutions.

This theme has been chosen following a directive of the Holy Father. We know that the Church is called to realize the mission of Christ's redemption in the World, and Catholic Health Care Institutions form part of this mission. The Bishop concretely realizes this mission in the diocese, first and foremost through the celebration of the Eucharist, fount and climax of the Church's life and activity. Thus it would be difficult to conceive a Catholic Health Center having no relationship with the bishop, and above all with the celebration of the Eucharist. For it is here that the Holy Spirit realizes in the contemporary world, Christ's unique action of healing the sick. The care for the sick is a sign of the presence of the Kingdom of God in the present world.

In our Conference, we shall begin with a reflection on the word of God and an assessment of the situation of Catholic Health Care Institutions in the contemporary world with its social, economic, political and religious realities. This will be followed by an in depth study, to help us understand what God expects of a Catholic Health Center in today's world. We shall study the Dogmatic, Moral and Pastoral aspects of the reality, and also seek the view of other major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. After this close examination, we shall ask ourselves on what should be done in order to improve on the mission of Catholic Hospitals, the primary and permanent formation, the economic, social and political structures, the organizational and administrative aspects, the international Association of Catholic Health Care Institutions and the religious aspect of these Catholic Health Centers.

As usual, we have an international representation of speakers and moderators, chosen from among highly competent experts in the field.

We will be greatly honored by your acceptance of our invitation to participate in our XVII International Conference.

Javier Lozano Barragán
President of the Pontifical Council
for Health Pastoral Care


XVII International Conference 

The Identity of Catholic Health Care Institutions

7-8-9 November 2002
The New Synod Hall, Vatican City

Thursday, November 7

09.00 Inauguration of the Proceedings and Speech of Greetings
H.E. Msgr. Javier Lozano Barragán
President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care (Holy See)
09.15 The Approach to Today's Catholic Hospitals
His Eminence Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini
Emeritus President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care (Holy See)
The Essence of Identity: Catholic Health Care Institutions in the Contemporary World
His Eminence Cardinal Karl Lehmann
Bishop of Mainz (Germany)
10.30 Coffee Break



11.00 The Reality of Catholic Health Care Institutions in the Contemporary World

Fr. Pietro Cicinelli, O.H.

President of A.R.I.S. (Religious Association of Social-Sanitarian Institutes)


Identifying the Economic, Social, Political, Cultural and above all Religious Challenges According to Geographical Areas
(Power Point Presentations of 10 minutes each)



Rev. Edward Phillips, M.M.(English Speaking Countries of Africa)
Adjunct Lecturer, Centre for Complementary Medicine and Biotechnology
Kenyatta University, Nairobi (Kenya)

Fr. Jacques Simporé, M.I.(French Speaking Countries of Africa)
Professor of Genetic Engineering at the University of Ougadougou (Burkina Faso)



North: Dr. Richard Haughian
President of CHAC (Catholic Health Association of Canada), Ottawa (Canada)

South: H.E. Msgr. Carlos Aguiar Retes,
Bishop of Texcoco, General Secretary of CELAM (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano), Bogotà (Colombia)



Fr. Yvon Ambroise
Coordinator Caritas Asia, Pondicherry (India)



Sr. Maria del Camino Agos
General Superior of the Hospitalarian Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Spain



Mr. Francis Sullivan
Executive Director Australian Catholic Health Care Asssociation, Australia


12.20 Synthesis and Dialogue
13.00 Lunch
16.00-16.30  Chairman: Hon. Maria Pia Garavaglia
President of the Italian and European Red Cross, Rome (Italy)


Report on the Research of the Pontifical Council on 'Survey of the Federations, Associations and Groups Connected with Catholic Institutions Active in the Health Care World. The Identification of Networks Connecting these Realities'.


  Dr. Fiorenza Deriu
Social Researcher, Rome (Italy)

Reflection of Experts on Economic, Political, Social and above all Religious Challenges in General with a View to Providing Support to the Catholic Identity of Health Care Institutions 


16.30-17.00 In the Economy
Prof. Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Economy, Economics and Public Affairs
Princeton University, N.J. (USA)
17.00-17.30 Coffee Break
17.30-18.00 In Politics
H.E. Msgr. Diarmuid Martin

Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the U.N.O. and Specialist
Institutions in Geneva (Holy See)
18.00-18.30 In the Social World
H.E. Msgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi

Secretary of the Pontifical Council of the Justice and the Peace (Holy See)
18.30-19.00 In the Religious World
Fr. Pascual Piles, O.H.

Superior General of the Order of St. John of God (Spain)
Member of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care (Holy See) 
19.00 End of the Session


Friday, November 8



Chairman: H.E. Msgr. Tarcisio Bertone, S.d.B.
Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Holy See


09.00 Illumination of the Reality of the Identity of Catholic Health Care Institutions
09.00-9.30 The History of Catholic Hospitals
Fr. Rosario Messina, M.I.

Professor at the "Camillianum", International Institute of the Theology of Pastoral Care in Health, Rome (Italy)
09.30-10.15 Theology: Identity in Faith in Catholic Hospitals
H.E. Msgr. Oswald Gracias

Archbishop of Agra (India)
10.15-10.45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:30 Morality: the Principles to Solve the Contemporary Moral Questions and Issues of Catholic Hospitals; Method Lines
H.E. Msgr. Angelo Scola

Patriarch of Venice (Italy)
11.30-12.15 Pastoral Care: Principles of Practical Pastoral Care for Catholic Hospitals Today
Fr. Jesús Etayo, O.H.

Chaplain, Co-Ordinator of Sanitary Pastoral in the Religious Province of St. John of God (Spain) 

Inter-religious Dialogue: The Identity of Health Care Institutions
Jewish: Prof. Alberto Piattelli

Professor of Biblical Exegesis at the Italian Rabbinical College, Rome, (Italy)

Muslim: Dr. Ibrahim Elkhalidi
Director of Khalidi Hospital, Amman (Jordan)

Hindu: Prof. Vitthaldas S. Bhat
Doctor of Medicine, Professor in Physiology at "Terna Medical College", Mumbai (India)

Buddhist: Masahiro Tanaka, M.D.
Physician at "Medical Clinic Fumon-it"; Chief Priest at "Buddhist Temple Saimyou-ji, Mashiko (Japan)

13.30  End of the Session



Chairman: Fr. Sebastian Ousepparampil (India)
Director of the CHAI (the Catholic Health Association of India), Secundarabad (India)

16.00 Action to Strengthen the Identity of the Catholic Ministry of Health
16.00-16.30 Mission: Improving the Mission of Catholic Hospitals
Sr. Mary Ann Lou

Director, Cardinal Tien Hospital, Dean of the College of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic
University, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
16.30-17.00 Training: Improving Initial and On?going Training
Fr. Leonard Gregotsch

President of the Association of Catholic Hospitals in Austria, Vienna (Austria)
17.00-17.30 Coffee Break
17.30-18.00  Structures: Improving the Economic, Social, Political and Organisational Aspects
Fr. Franck Morrisey, OMI

Titular Professor, Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, Ottawa (Canada)
18.00-18.30 How to Improve the Administrative Aspects
Hon. Pr. Girolamo Sirchia

Minister of Health, (Italy)
18.30-19.00 How to Improve the International Association of Catholic Health Care Institutions (AISAC)
Rev. Michael D. Place, Std

President and Chief Executive Officer of CHA (The Catholic Health Association, USA)
19.00 End of the Session


Saturday, November 9

Chairman: Mrs. Lillian Fanjul de Azqueta
Founder and Director of the "New Hope" Foundation, Palm Beach (USA)


Religious: Improving the Religious Catholic Aspect
Fr. Angelo Brusco, M.I.

Member of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care (Holy See)
Professor at the "Camillianum", International Institute of the Theology of Pastoral Care
in Health, Rome (Italy)

10.15-10.30 Final Reflections



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