UNESCO Chair Director Alberto Garcia recently participated in a round table on the theme “Relationship between Religion and Bioethics” as part of the “Festival of Life” in Caserta, Italy. A full program of the event can be seen here.
Garcia explained that the relationship is a necessary one that should be fostered through fraternal relationships. These relationships in turn enable a more effective collaboration in international organizations.
These relationships among practitioners of diverse religious backgrounds is especially important in the field of bioethics. Scientific and biotechnological developments frequently touch upon themes of human rights dear to various religious traditions. These different religious traditions also tend to prize a compressive worldview that harmonizes truths of science, reason, and faith. Interdisciplinary studies also provide the needed space to collaborate in finding solutions to complex situations.
The UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights, based in the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and the European University of Rome was one of the festival’s sponsors. Regina Apostolorum also sponsored the Italian event. Garcia is a member of the festival’s Advisory Board.