The question of why is an international organisation of Catholic doctors needed has been asked many times. Our Holy Father, Pope John-Paul II, answered this question very nicely when he addressed FIAMC at the 15th. International Congress in Rome on October 3, 1982. In discussing the «urgent problem of providing for the safeguarding, the defense and the promotion of human life through the filter of the various cultures», John Paul II said,»In order to do this, individual action is not sufficient. Collective, intelligent, well planned,constant and generous work is required, and not only within the individual countries, but also on an international scale. Coordination on a world wide level would, in fact, allow a better proclamation and a more effective defense of your faith, of your culture, of your Christian commitment in scientific rese arch and in your profession».