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



* To promote the Sanctity of Life in the Light of Ethical Relativism, Secularism, and Transhumanism 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 Documents

* To reveal 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
– Encyclicals and other documents – Humanae vitae, Evangelium Vitae, Familiaris consortio, Salvifici doloris, Donum vitae, Laudato si´, Evangelii gaudium
– 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 – Throwaway Culture
– Medical Education on Bioethics

Registration for congress

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
Distinguished guests address and film projection
Presidential address – John Lee and Ana Planinc-Peraica

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

Scientific Session I
Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity

08:30 – 08:50
The Power and Glory of Conscientious Practice in a Culture of Death: What Every Catholic Healthcare Professional Should Know (Nikolas T. Nikas, USA)

08:50 -09:10
Assisted Nutrition and Hydration – Brain Death (Gian–Luigi Gigli, Italy)

09:10 -09:30
Hospital as Christian Institution (Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland)

09:30 – 09:50
Role of Catholic Doctors in Europe today between Science and Bioethics, Rights and Freedom of Thought (Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy)

09:50 – 10:10
Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity in our Civilisation – Quo Vadis, Croatia (Jasenka Markeljević, Croatia)

10:10 – 10:30 Discussion

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45
Keynote Address I
Humanae vitae –Fifty Years of Prophetic Wisdom of Pope Paul VI (Card. Willem Jacobus Eijk, Netherlands)

11:45 – 12:15
Keynote Address II
Take care of your patients (Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary Dicastery of PIHD)

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
History and Perspective of Bioethics (Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, France)

Scientific Session III
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

07:30 – 08:00 Holy Mass

Program for Students and Young Physicians

08:30 – 09:30
Symposium for Students and Young Physicians

08:30 – 08:40
FIAMC and Young Physicians and Medical Students (Kevin Murrell, USA)

08:40 – 08:50
Being Rooted in the Healing Love of Christ (Vincent Kemme, Belgium)

08:50 – 09:00
Stealth Euthanasia Among Us – Before We Take the Splinter Out of Our Brother’s Eye (George Isajiw, USA)

09:00 – 09.10
The Medical Error (Etienne Gaisne, France)

09:10 – 09.20
Medical Education on Bioethics (L. Murgić, Croatia)

09:20 – 09.30
Sanctity of Life and Protection of the Family from Technology Assault (to be announced)

09:30 – 11.00
FIAMC General Assembly

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

Small Hall 1
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 2

Small Hall 3
09.00 – 09.15
Organ transplantation (Mirjina Busic, Croatia)

0915 – 09.30
Legal aspects of manipulation of human beings (Danijela Rupcic, Croatia)

10.30 to 11.00 Discussions

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

09.15 – 09.30
Migration and Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Children (Tvrtko Barun, Croatia)

0930 – 09.45
Crae for the Poor in Croatia (Jelena Loncar, Croatia)

09.45– 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
Xxxxxx (Msgr. Paglia, President Pontifical Academy for Life)

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
How to affirm the Culture of Life (The Croatian Experience)

12.15 – 12.30
Pastoral Care for Medical Students in Croatia (Damia Stojic, Croatia)

12.30 – 12.45
Youth Section (CCMS) (Mateja Segovic, Croatia)

12.45 – 013.00
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 – 14:30
Pharmaceuticals and the Environment: Linkage to Natural Family Planning (NFP) (M.W. LeChevallier, USA)

14:30 – 15:00
“Duke University Trial Shows: Not Born With It! The Worldwide Autism Epidemic – Human Fetal DNA And Retroviral Environmental Triggers” (Peter Jarzyna, USA)

15:00 – 15:20
Matercare International (R. Walley, Canada)

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
Keynote Address VI
Reflections on the Congress (Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé)

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
Title to be announced (Alexandre Laureano-Santos, Portugal)

17:15 – 17:30
Evangelii Gaudium – “Whatever You do for the Last of These” (Speaker to be announced)

17:30 – 18:00 Discussion

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

Small Hall 1

What does Catholic maternal health care look like? MaterCare

16.45 – 16.50

16.50 – 17.05
Its formation and purpose in the care of mothers and babies. (Dr R Walley, Canada)
(to be continued in the afternoon)

17.05 – 17.20
Media- connecting supporters and getting the word out. (Mrs J Derwey, Canada).

17.20 – 17.35
In the developing world- Project Isiolo. (Mr S/Dr R Walley, Canada)

17.35 – 17.50
In Europe. (Dr B Chazan. Poland)

17.50 – 18.05
In Australasia (Dr E Šeman, Australia)

18.05 – 18.30

Health care based on a pro-life foundation

10.30 – 10.35

10.35 – 10.50
The influence of Creighton, Billings and Sympto-thermal in Australia.
(Dr E Šeman, Australia)

10.50 – 11.05
NaProTechnology (Marija Curlin, Croatia)

11.05-11.20 Family care and Planning (Daniella De Micheli Vitturi, Croatia)

11.20 – 11.30

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)

17:450 – 18:00 Discussion

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018

07:15 – 07:45 Holy Mass, Hotel Westin

08.15 – 08.45
Keynote Address VII
Organ Trafficking (F. Delmonico, USA)

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

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)

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
Role of nurses in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

Hall 2 Workshop for Priests
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

13.00 – 13.15
Pastoral Care for Students in Croatia (Damir Stojić, Croatia)

13.15 – 13.30
Croatian Catholic Medical Society – Youth Section (Mateja Šegović, Croatia)

Q3.30 – 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)


“In 1971, eight years after Pacem in Terris, Blessed Pope Paul VI referred to the ecological concern as “a tragic consequence” of unchecked human activity: “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation”. He spoke in similar terms to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations about the potential for an “ecological catastrophe under the effective explosion of industrial civilization”, and stressed “the urgent need for a radical change in the conduct of humanity”, inasmuch as “the most extraordinary scientific advances, the most amazing technical abilities, the most astonishing economic growth, unless they are accompanied by authentic social and moral progress, will definitively turn against man”.

“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´




Dr. John Lee, FIAMC President

Dr. George Isajiw
Dr. Jasenka Markeljević

FIAMC Executive Committee

Dr. Bernard Ars, MD, PhD
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 de Carvalho
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
Dr. 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:

Professor Msgr Valentin Pozaić, PhD, Eclestical Assist. of CCMS
Academician Željko Reiner, Vice President of Croatian Parliament
Dr. Kajo Bućan
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 for PIHD (confirmed)
Cardinal William Eijk, Netherlands (confirmed)
Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, Ecclesiastical Assistant, FIAMC (confirmed)
Bernard Ars, Belgium (confirmed)
François Blin, France (confirmed)
Filippo-Maria Boscia, Italy
José María Simón Castellví, Spain (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)
Caniela Mosoiu, Romania
Kevin Murrell, USA (confirmed)
Nikolas T. Nikas, USA (confirmed)
Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland (confirmed)
Alexandre Laureano Santos, Portugal (confirmed)
Robert Walley, Canada (confirmed)
Vincent Kemme, Belgium (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)

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