December 13, 2009 “Culture of Life and Religion”
Organized by UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights and Master in Scienza e Fede, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University

  • December 14, 2009 “Bioethics, Law and Religion in End of Life Issues”
    VII International Congress of International Federation of Centres and Institutes of Bioethics of Personalist Inspiration (FIBIP) Organized by the School of Bioethics, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical university

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Dialogue is often the first step toward mutual understanding and construction of peace. Today there is a growing need for such dialogue and what better place to launch this new initiative than Jerusalem.
These conferences seek to find common ground among the great monotheistic religions— Judaism, Christianity and Islam— in the specific areas of bioethics. In the area of life issues, there is a great deal of common ground that can be shared among these three Abrahamic faiths. A great part of humanity is a member of these faiths and more than ever, the advances in biotechnology and medicine are posing new challenges that religion often is not been able to offer an adequate response. These conferences want to bring together leaders in bioethics from these great religions so that trough dialogue and mutual understanding they can bring original contribution to the field.

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights:

International Conference “Culture of life and Religion”

December 13, 2009

(There will be simultaneous translation into Arab, English, Hebrew and Italian)

9:30-10:00Introductory remarks: Fostering the art of convergence and cooperation in global ethicsDr. Alberto García, Director, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights
Greetings to religious, civil and institutional authoritiesFr. Eamon Kelly, LC, Vice-Director, Pontifical Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center
10:00-10:45Lecture: Life and bioethics in the Jewish traditionDr. Yechiel Michael Barilan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Coffee break
11: 00-11:45Lecture: Life and bioethics in the Islamic traditionDr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Al-Quds University of Jerusalem
12:00-13:00Question session
Lunch Break

 

15:00-15:45Lecture: Life and bioethics in the Christian traditionHEM. Elio Sgreccia, Emeritus President of Pontifical Academy for Life
15:45-16:30Question session
Coffee Break

 

16:30 – 18:00Round table discussions: “Priority agenda of interreligious dialogue in the areas of life and health issues, culture and bioethics”Dr. Amnon Carmi, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, University of Haifa, Israel

Dr. Gonzalo Miranda, LC, School of Bioethics, Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy

Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Al-Quds University of Jerusalem

18:30-19:00Concluding remarksDr. Alberto García, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Roma, Italy
20:30 Dinner

VII International Congress of FIBIP:

“Bioethics, Law and Religion in End of Life Issues”

December 14, 2009

(There will be simultaneous translation into Arab, English, Hebrew and Italian)

 

9:00-9:15Introductory remarks and greetingsHEM. Elio Sgreccia. Emeritus President of Pontifical Academy for Life

Dr. Gonzalo Miranda, LC., School of Bioethics, Regina Apostolorum, Rome

Fr. Eamon Kelly, LC, Vice-Director, Pontifical Nostre Dame of Jerusalem Center

9:15-10:00Lecture: Positive law, ethics and religionDr. Laura Palazzani, LUMSA University, Rome, Italy
10:00-10:45Lecture: Jewish bioethics on end of life issuesDr. David Heyd, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
11:15-12:00Round table discussions: Proportionality in therapy, Palliative care, Living WillsDr. Colleen M. Gallagher, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer

Center, Houston, USA

Dr. Jonathan Halevy, Shaare Zedek Medical Center of Jerusalem

Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Al-Quds University of Jerusalem

12:00-13:00Open Communications
Lunch break

 

15:00-15:45Lecture: Christian bioethics on end of life issuesDr. Gonzalo Miranda, LC, School of Bioethics, Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy
15:45-16:30Lecture: Islamic bioethics on end of life issuesDr. Mutairu Ezimokhai, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE
Coffee break

 

17:00-17:45Round table discussions: Death, Determination of death, and Euthanasia.Dr. Maurizio Faggioni, OFM, Alphonsian Academy, Rome, Italy

Dr. Jonathan Halevy, Shaare Zedek Medical Center of Jerusalem

Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Al-Quds University of Jerusalem

20:00 Dinner

Organizers:

Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University

School of Bioethics. The recent and breath-taking advances of medicine makes it important that medical technology is properly used to help build a better life for society and respect the dignity of every human person. For this reason, the School of Bioethics was founded in 2001 by the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical university in Rome to educate and train ethicists in the areas of biomedicine. www.uprait.org
Master Science and Faith at Regina Apostolorum is part of STOQ Project (Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest) where some Pontifical Universities are involved: Lateran, Gregorian, Holy Cross, Salesian, St. Thomas and Urbanian supported by Pontifical Council of Culture and sponsored by John Templeton Foundation. www.stoqproject.it

The International Federation of Bioethics Centers and Institutes of Personalist Inspiration (FIBIP), located in Rome, at the Bioethics Center of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, arises from the awareness that all decisions and guidelines appearing in the everprogressing domain of biomedical sciences and its innovative applications, will play a decisive role in the future of mankind; also putting at the center of every kind of scientific and cultural advance, an inviolable value, namely the pursuit of the common sake trough the promotion of the sake of the human person, from conception until death, unifying, on the other hand, intelligences and efforts in order to define in every situation all those values that can contribute towards realizing an authentic progress. www.fibip.org

The Pontifical Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center has the following sections: A guest house for religious and pilgrims which also serves as an ecumenical and pastoral center for Jerusalem Christians, thus promoting the encounter between the local and universal Church; A professional promotion center for local Palestinian youth; A permanent exhibition “Who is the Man of the Shroud?” on the Shroud of Turin. By all of these means, the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center intends to fulfill the mission entrusted to it by Pope John Paul II, who stated in his Decree, “We dedicate this Center to Our Lady of Jerusalem, Regina Pacis (Queen of Peace), and offer it to the world as a place of fruitful spiritual development.”
www.notredamecenter.org


UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights
. Roma. Italy. The UNESCO Chair offers a university framework of reflection and study, providing information and fostering the application of bioethical principles in science, medicine and new technologies based on the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. This chair is established by UNESCO in two Roman universities, the Università Europea di Roma and Regina Apostolorum Pontifical university. The chair also involves two UNITWIN privileged partners: Universidade Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola) and Universidad Anahuac (Mexico City). www.unescobiochair.org

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