May 30 – June 2, 2018
Westin Hotel
Zagreb, Croatia

“…we hold those physicians and medical personnel in the highest esteem who, in the exercise of their profession, value above every human interest the superior demands of their Christian vocation. Let them persevere, therefore, in promoting on every occasion the discovery of solutions inspired by faith and right reason…”
Pope Paul VI, Humanae vitae

“When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples — it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself: everything is connected.”
Pope Francis, Laudato si


Congress Objectives:

To promote the Sanctity of Life in the Light of Ethical Relativism, Secularism, and Trans-humanism from Fertilization until Natural Death

To integrate our faith into the practice of Vocation as expressed by the Magisterium in the past fifty years of Papal Encyclicals.

To review the mission of FIAMC as an International Association of Lay Medical Professionals in Concert with the Teachings of the Catholic Church


Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity
Pontifical documents:-Encyclicals – Humanae vitae, Evangelium Vitae, Donum Vitae, Laudato si, and Post-synodal apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio
Science in the Service of Humanity
Bioethics and Scientific Advancements in Clinical Practice – Genome Editing, Germ Line Therapy, Artificial Gametes from Stem Cells, Perfect Baby
Protection of the Family, Infertility, Naprotechnology, Procreative Assistance, Ovary and Uterus Transplantation, Gestational Surrogacy
Interfaith Dialogue – World Medical Association Policy Changes
Organ Transplantation and Trafficking – Legal Regulations of Medical Practice
Ethical aspects of Dental Medicine, Laboratory Medicine and Pharmacology
Intergeneration Solidarity, End of Life, Palliative Care and Deep Sedation, Prenatal and Postnatal Euthanasia
Culture of Life, Culture of Death – Waste Culture
Medical Education on Bioethics



Preliminary Program

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

10:00 –18:00 ​ Registration
10:00 – 13:00 ​Executive Committee (FIAMC) Meeting
13:00 – 14.30 ​FEAMC Bureau Meeting


11:00 – 13:00 ​Satellite Symposium
13:00 – 15:00 Round table Discussion
Interfaith Dialogue – World Medical Association Policy Changes – Msgr Jacques Suaudeau,
(Catholic), Jewish, Islamic, Orthodox


15:00 – 16:00
Artistic performance
Presidential address – John Lee and Ana Planinc-Peraica
Distinguished guests’ address (Msgr Vincenzo Paglia (President Pontifical Academy for Life) and film projection

16:00 – 16:20
Lecture: Role of the New Dicastery on Promoting Integral Human Development (Msgr. Bruno- Marie Duffé, Secretary Dicastery of PIHD)

Welcome reception

Visit to Mayor of Zagreb, Dverce Palace, Upper Town of Zagreb

Thursday, May 31, 2018

07:15 – 07:45 Holy Mass in Hotel Westin

08:30 – 09.00
Keynote Address I Chairperson George Isajiw, USA
“Humanae Vitae: half a century — a stumbling block or a prophetic document?” (Card. Willem Jacobus Eijk, Netherlands)

09.00 – 09.15 Discussions

09.15 – 09.45
Keynote Address II Chairperson Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy
(Msgr. Paglia, President Pontifical Academy for Life)

09.45 – 10.00 Discussions

10.00 – 10.15 Coffee break

Scientific Session I
Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity Chairperson Jack Lane, USA

10.15 – 10:35
The Power and Glory of Conscientious Practice in a Culture of Death: What Every Catholic Healthcare Professional Should Know (Nikolas T. Nikas, USA)

10:35 -10.55
Assisted nutrition and hydration. Ethical meaning in the different clinical contexts (Gian–Luigi Gigli, Italy)

10.55 -11:15
Hospital as Christian Institution (Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland)

11.15 – 11.35
Role of Catholic Doctors in Europe today between Science and Bioethics, Rights and Freedom of Thought (Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy)

11.35 – 11.55
Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity in our Civilisation – Quo Vadis, Croatia (Jasenka Markeljević, Croatia)

11.55 – 12.05
Stealth Euthanasia Among Us – Before We Take the Splinter Out of Our Brother’s Eye (George Isajiw, USA)

12.05 – 12.15 – Discussions

12.15– 13:00
Round table discussion
Conscientious objection in Science and Clinical Practice related to Ethical Committees’ decisions (Ana Planinc-Peraica, Jasenka Markeljevic, other speakers invited)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Scientific Session II
Trans-humanism and the Medical Profession in Contemporary Civilization

14:00 – 14:45
Reflections on the Human Being in the Face of the Domination of Techno-Sciences (Bernard Ars, Belgium)

14:45 -15:05
Ethical Aspects of Everyday Clinical Practice in Perspective of New Technologies
(Davor Miličić, Croatia)

15:05- 15:25
The Life of Human Being faced with Moral Relativism (Tonči Matulić, Croatia)

15:25 – 15:45 Discussion

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 16:30
Keynote Address III Chairperson Freddie Loh, Malaysia

Take care of your patients (Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary Dicastery of PIHD)

Scientific Session III Chairperson Elvis Seman, Australia
Evangelium Vitae – The Antidote to Contraception, Abortion, and Euthanasia

16:30 – 16:50
The great Confusion Between Contraception and Contragestation Abortion Hidden today (Filippo-Maria Boscia, Italy)

16:50 – 17:10
The Culture of Life and the Waste Culture (Jozef Glasa, Slovakia)

17:10 -17:30
Prenatal Euthanasia for healthy and sick children (Neda Aberle, Croatia)

17:30 – 18.00 Discussion

19:00 – 21:00 Holy Mass and Solemn Procession, Zagreb Cathedral
Our Lady Patroness of Zagreb Celebration

Friday, June 1, 2018

07:15 – 07.45 Holy Mass

08:30 – 08.45
The Medical Error- A Look of Truth (Etienne Gaisne, France)

Program for Students and Young Physicians

08.45 – 10.00
Symposium for Students and Young Physicians Chairperson Kevin Murrell, USA

08:45 – 08.55
FIAMC and Young Physicians and Medical Students (Kevin Murrell)

08:55 – 09:05
Is God present in your life as a medical student? (John Rhee, USA)

09.05 – 09.15
Joy of Service –12 years of mission work and counting from a student to a doctor (Deborah Anne Lee, Singapore)

09.15 – 09.25
Student-driven medical missions (Carissa Soon, Singapore)

09.25– 09.35 Dialogue with medical students and young doctors
Panel Priscilla Lim (Singapore) Pedro Spinelli (Brazil) John Rhee (USA) Deborah Lee (Singapore) Carissa Soon (Singapore)

10.00 – 11.00
FIAMC General Assembly

Parallel Sessions for other participants (Speakers are invited for each session)

Small Hall 2
09.00 – 09.15
FEMM-WAY (Luka Poslon, Croatia)

09.15 – 09.30
Renewal of Culture and Conscience (Stjepan Bartulica, Croatia)

10:30 – 11:00 Discussion

Small Hall 3
09.00 – 09.15
Legal aspects of manipulation of human beings (Danijela Rupcic, Croatia)

9.15 – 09.30
Migration and Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children (Tvrtko Barun, Croatia10.30 to

1030-11.00 Discussions

Small Hall 4
09.00 – 09.15
Care for the Poor in Malaysia (Freddie Loh, Malaysia)

0915 – 09.30
Care for the Poor in Croatia (Jelena Loncar, Croatia)

09.30– 10.00
Migration, Human Trafficking and Children Exploitation (Tvrtko Barun, Croatia)

10:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 11:45
Keynote Address IV
History and Perspective of Bioethics (Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, France)

11:45 – 12:15
Keynote Address V
A Positive Response to a ‘Tsunami” of Secularism (Vincent Kemme, Belgium)

Presentation for Medical Students and Young Physicians
12.15 – 12.30
How to affirm the Culture of Life (The Croatian Experience)

12.30 – 12.45
Pastoral Care for Medical Students in Croatia (Damia Stojic, Croatia)

12.45 – 13.00
Youth Section (CCMS) (Mateja Segovic, Croatia)

13.00 – 013.15
World Youth Association (Speaker to be announced)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

Scientific Session IV
Familiaris Consortio – The Medical Profession in Protection of the Family

14:00 – 14:20
“Is the Catholic Doctor being frozen out of modern health care by new ethical and moral asteroids?” Matercare International (R. Walley, Canada)

14:20 – 14:50
Pharmaceuticals and the Environment: Linkage to Natural Family Planning (NFP) (M.W. LeChevallier, USA)

14:50 – 15:20
“Duke University Trial Shows: Not Born With It! The Worldwide Autism Epidemic – Human Fetal DNA And Retroviral Environmental Triggers” (Peter Jarzyna, USA)

15:20 – 15:40 Patient Centered Medicine (Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau)

15:40 -16:00 Discussion

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 16:45
The Joy of Service
Proposed collaboration between FIAMC and Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco (Priscilla Lim, Singapore & Sr Sarah Garcia, Philippines)

Scientific Session V
Charity in Truth – Science in the Service of Human Nature as Created by God

16:45 – 17:00
Thoughts on Humanae vitae (Jose-Maria Simon-Castellvi, Spain)

17:00 – 17:15
From scientific knowledge to compassion for the patients (Alexandre Laureano-Santos, Portugal)

17:15 – 17:30
Care for our common house, biopolitics and Theologic-Moral reflection (Fr Jan Dacok, Slovakia)

17.30- 17.45
Re-establishment of the principle of human dignity and resumption of Church Teaching in post-Soviet and post-socialist reality, as experienced in Ukraine (Fr. Viktor Yaremak, OSBM & Ivan Luts, Ukraine)

17:45 – 18:00 Discussion

Parallel Sessions for MaterCare International, dental surgeons, pharmacists and nurses

Small Hall 1
Health care based on a pro-life foundation Chairperson Bob Chazan, Poland

14.30 – 14.40

14.40 – 14.55
The influence of Creighton, Billings and Sympto-thermal in Australia.
(Elvis Šeman, Australia)

14.55 – 15.10
NaProTechnology (Marija Curlin, Croatia)

15.10 -15.25
Family care and Planning (Daniella De Micheli Vitturi, Croatia)

15.25 – 15.40

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee break

What does Catholic maternal health care look like? MaterCare Chairperson Elvis Seman, Australia

16.00 – 16.10

16.10 – 16.25
Its formation and purpose in the care of mothers and babies. (Dr R Walley, Canada)

16.25 – 16.40
Media-connecting supporters and getting the word out. (Mrs J Derwey, Canada).

16.40 – 16.45
In the developing world- Project Isiolo. (Mr S/Dr R Walley, Canada)

16.45 – 17.00
First do no harm: Christian Hippocratic General Practice in New Zealand, offering fertility education and a free Crisis Pregnancy Service.

17.00 – 17.15
In Europe. (Dr B Chazan. Poland)

17.15 – 17.30
In Australasia (Dr E Šeman, Australia)

17.30 – 18.00

Small Hall 2
Ethical changes in Biochemistry and Pharmacology
Ethical Challenges in Dental Medicine
16:45 – 17.00
Is there a need to always use dental implants? (Pavel Kobler, Croatia)

17.00 – 17:15
Dental Medicine in Palliative Care (Jasna Leko, Croatia)

17:15 – 17:30
Ethics and Esthetics in Dental Practice (Žarko Udiljak, Croatia)

17:30 – 17:45
Dilemmas in Diagnostic Procedures and Cost-benefit Reality (Jadranka Sertic, Croatia)
Ethics in Clinical Research and Drug Reimbursement
18.00 -18.15
Pharmacists and Pharmacological Conscience and Drug Reimbursement (Speaker to be announced)

Small Hall 3
Bioethics and Scientific Achievements in Clinical Practice
16.45 -17.45
Genome Editing, Germ Line Therapy, Artificial Gametes from Stem Cells, Perfect Baby
Intergeneration Solidarity, End of Life, Palliative Care and Deep Sedation, Prenatal and Postnatal Euthanasia
17:45 – 18:00

Small Hall 4
Palliative Care
16:15 – 16:30
Palliative Care in the Emergency Service (Ingrid Prkačin, Croatia)

16:30 – 16:45
Palliative Care in Oncology (Jure Murgić, Croatia)

16:45 – 17:00
Palliative Care in Children (Jasminka Stepan, Croatia)

17:00 – 17:15
Hidden Forms of Euthanasia (Speaker to be announced)

17:15 – 17:30
Palliative Care – New Approach (Lidija Fumić Dunkić, Croatia)

17.30 – 17.45
Legal aspects of Scientific Investigations in Palliative Care (Ana Stambuik, Croatia)

17:45 – 18:00 Discussion

20:00-22:00 Gala Dinner, Westin Hotel

Saturday, June 2, 2018

07:00 – 07:30 Holy Mass, Hotel Westin

08.00 – 08.30
Keynote Address VII
Organ Trafficking (F. Delmonico, USA)

09.15 – 09.30
Organ Donation (Mireia Busic, Croatia)

Scientific Section VI
Round Table Discussion

Salvifici Doloris, Pain, Suffering and Palliative Care – Christian Compassion: avoiding the False Promise of the Culture of Death (Speakers from the different regions of FIAMC invited)

08:45 – 08:55
Title to be announced (B. Galichon, France)

08.55– 09.05
Asian Experience (Fr David Garcia, Singapore)

09.05 – 09.15
Oceania Experience

09.15 – 09.25
African Experience

09.25 – 09.35
North American Experience

09.35 – 09.45
Latin American Experience

09.45 – 10.05
FIAMC, FEAMC – Past and Future (Francois Blin)

10.05 – 10.45
Ethical, Professional and Legal Regulations in Medical Practice – Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide. Implications of World Medical Association proposed changes of therapeutic abortion and abrogation of conscientious objections. What can FIAMC and the national associations do? (Speakers from all VI Regions of FIAMC)

AFCMA (Peter Au Yeong, Hong Kong)

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00 Conclusions of the Congress & Closing Ceremony

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

Post-Congress Program
13.00 – 18:00 Visit to Sanctuary Marija Bistrica, Holy Mass

Program for Nurses, Priests and Volunteers

8:30 – 9:30
Parallel Section

Hall 1
Workshop for Nurses
08.30 -09.00
Role of CICIAMS as a Catholic Nurses’ Association in today’s world (Janet Muchengwa,)

09.00 – 09.15
Role of nurses in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

Hall 2
Workshop for Priests and Religious
Role of Religious in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

Hall 3
Workshop for Volunteers
Role of Volunteers in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

Post Congress Program for Students and Young Physicians Pedro Spinelli, Brazil

13.00 – 13.15
Being Rooted in the Healing Love of Christ (Vincent Kemme, Belgium)

13.15 – 13.30
Medical Education on Bioethics (L. Murgić, Croatia)

13.30 – 13.45
World Youth Association – (speaker to be announced)

13:45– 14:00 Discussions

14.00 – 15.00
Hall 1 Palliative Care, Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Volunteering
Hall 2 Environmental Ethics
Hall 3 Communication Skills, Music and Art Therapy

15:00 – 17:00 Sightseeing of Zagreb

17:00 – 17:45 Holy Mass for Students (Basilica of Heart of Jesus, Palmotićeva 32)
18:00 – 20:00 Presentation of Activity of Students and Young Physicians (Praška 6)
20:00 – 22:00 Meeting with cocktail (Praška 6)


Dr. John Lee, FIAMC President

Dr. George Isajiw
Prof Jasenka Markeljeevic

FIAMC Executive Committee
Dr. Bernard Ars
Dr. Franco Balzaretti
Dr. François Blin
Dr. Paul Braaton
Dr. Bogdan Chazan
Dr. Tamás Csáky-Pallavicini
Dr. Vincenzo Defilippis
Dr. Gian Luigi Gigli
Dr. Lukas Jusuf
Dr. Shigeyuki Kano
Dr. Young Jin Ko
Dr. John I. Lane
Dr. Freddie Loh
Dr. Evariste Likinda
Dr. Maria Inez Linhares
Dr. José Clemente Díaz Maqueo
Dr. Kevin Murrell
Dr .Alejandro Nolazco
Dr. Anne Nolte
Dr. Walter Osswald
Dr. Martin Owen
Dr. Ermanno Pavesi
Dr. Ana Planinc-Peraica, MD, PhD
Dr. Manuel Po
Dr. Hyacinthe Rajaona
Dr. Fabian Romano
Dr. Marc von Rotz
Dr. Elvis Seman
Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau
Dr. José-María Simón-Castellví
Silvija Vasilj
Dr. Niklaus Waldis
Dr. Robert Walley
Dr. Henrietta Williams


Professor Jasenka Markeljević, MD, PhD

Honorary President
Cardinal Josip Bozanić

CCMS Board and other members:
Professor Ana-Planinc-Peraica, MD,PhD, CCMS President
Professor Neda Aberle, MD, PhD
Marija Benković, mag. pharm.
Miroslav Bojić, MD
Danijela De Micheli Vitturi, MD
Assist Professor Edvard Galic, MD, PhD
Tihomir Gojmerac, MD
Professor Vlado Jukić, MD, PhD
Assist Professor Natalia Kucic, MD,PhD
Professor Jasenka Markeljević, MD, PhD
Anton Marović, MD, PhD
Jure Murgić, MD, PhD
Lucija Murgić, MD
Maja Peraica, MD, PhD
Marija Pešorda, MD
Danijela Rupčić, dipl. iur., PhD
Mirjana Radan, MD, PhD
Professor Jadranka Sertić, PhD
Mr. sc. Žarko Udiljak, MD dent.
Romano Vrabec, MD, PhD
Professor Marija Žagar, MD, PhD

CCMS members – Youth section
Janja Konjevod, MD
Marija Miletić, MD
Fanika Mrsić, MD
Lucija Murgić, MD, PhD
Marija Novosel, MD
Marija Perić, MD
Marina Sopta, MD
Matea Šegović, MD
Ivan Turalija, MD
Ana-Marija Valetić, MD
Vinka Vukosav, MD

WYA Croatia
Luka Poslon, student

Ivan Pavao Gradiški, MD
Honorary Committee: (List is not complete)
Professor Msgr Valentin Pozaić, PhD, Eclestical Assist. of CCMS and FEAMC
Professor Kajo Bucan, MD, PhD
Academician Željko Reiner, Vice President of Croatian Parliament
Professor Željko Krznarić, MD, PhD, President of Chor of Croatian Physicians
Academician Davor Miličić, MD, PhD
Minister of Health
Rector of University of Zagreb
Dean of School of Dental Medicine
Institutional representatives of Croatia and City of Zagreb

Msgr Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of Dicastery of PIHD (confirmed)
Cardinal William Eijk, Netherlands (confirmed)
Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, Ecclesiastical Assistant, FIAMC (confirmed)
Bernard Ars, Belgium (confirmed)
François Blin, France (confirmed)
F. M. Boscia, Italy
José-María Simón-Castellví, Spain (confirmed)
Jan Dacok, Slovakia (confirmed)
Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy (confirmed)
Francis Delmonico, USA (confirmed)
Bertrand Galichon, France
Gian-Luigi Gigli, Italy (confirmed)
Jozef Glasa, Slovakia (confirmed)
Helena Glasova, Slovakia (confirmed)
George Isajiw, USA (confirmed)
Peter Jarzyna, USA (confirmed)
Mark W. Le Chevalier, USA (confirmed)
Daniela Mosoiu, Romania
Kevin Murrell, USA (confirmed)
Nikolas T. Nikas, USA (confirmed)
Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland (confirmed)
Alexandre Laureano-Santos, Portugal (confirmed)
Robert Walley, Founder MCI, Canada (confirmed)
Vincent Kemme, Belgium (confirmed)
Fr Viktor Yaremak, OSBM and Dr. Ivan Luts, co-author, Ukraine (confirmed)

Croatian Speakers:

Neda Aberle (confirmed)
Tonci Matulic
Jasenka Markeljević (confirmed)
Davor Miličić (confirmed)
Jure Murgic (confirmed)
Ana Planinc Peraica (confirmed)
Jadranka Sertić (confirmed)
Damir Stojić
Žarko Udiljak (confirmed)