XXVI FIAMC World Congress for Catholic Physicians
September 15-17 2022, Augustinianum – Rome, Italy

Official Program

This congress is designed, unlike usual, as a post-graduate Christian humanist training course for its members. This is not a panoramic display of the activities of the federation. You can read the argumentation here.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

07.00-07.30  Holy Mass

At the ‘Friezenkerk‘ or ‘Chiesa dei SS. Michele e Magno’
Borgo Santo Spirito 21, 00193 Roma – Italia
(up the stairs!)

Augustinianum – Friezenkerk (up the stairs!)

08.00-17.00  Information desk open (at the Augustinianum Congress Center)

08.30-09.00  Welcome message
by the President of the World Federation of Catholic Physicians and of the Congress, Prof. Dr. Bernard Ars (Belgium)


– Dr. Craig Treptow, President of the Catholic Medical Association of the United States of America
– Dr. José-Maria Simon Castellvi, Past President of the World Federation of Catholic Physicians (Spain)

09.00-09.30 Keynote speech.

Bogdan Chazan, M.D., Gynecologist, Medical Director of MaterCare International (Poland): 
« Restorative approach in maternity care »

09.30-10.00 Bernard Ars, M.D., Ph.D., E.N.T. surgeon (Belgium): 
« Réparer selon les humanistes versus transformer selon les transhumanistes »

10.00-10.30  Paul Camarata, M.D., Professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Clinical Service Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas (U.S.A.);
Gabriel LeBeau: co-author of the presentation: 
« From attenuation and restoration to augmentation and transformation – the past,  present, and future of functional brain surgery » 

10.30-11.00  Coffee

11.00-12.30 Continuation of the Medical Session
– Dr. Kano Shigeyuki (Japan), President of the Asian Federation of Catholic Physicians.
– Dr. Vincenzo Defilippis (Italy), President of the European Federation of Catholic Physicians.

11.00-11.30 Ermanno Pavesi, M.D., Psychiatrist (Switzerland):
« Teorie del gender e trasformazione della persona umana »

11.30- 12.00 Paul Hruz, M.D., Ph.D., Endocrinologist, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Diabetes; Cell Biology & Physiology, at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (U.S.A.):
« Medical Approaches to Alleviate Gender Dysphoria:  Scientific Evidence and Outcomes »

12.00-12.30   Alfonso Oliva, M.D., F.A.C.S., Plastic-Surgeon, Member of the Board of Directors Catholic Medical Association (U.S.A.):
« The surgical treatments of adult gender dysphoria »

12.30-14.00 Break


14.00-14.30 Welcome to the dignitaries

Short speech by the President of the World Federation of Catholic Physicians, Prof. Dr. Bernard Ars.

Lecture by Prof. Dr. John Lane, the Vice-President of World Federation of Catholic Physicians.
« The Real Story: Recovering the Christian Foundations of Modern Medicine »

Musical interlude by members of the Ensemble cameristico dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico – Roma, Italy

Allocution by His Eminence Kevin Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Musical interlude by members of the Ensemble cameristico dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico – Roma, Italy

Masterful lecture – Leçon magistrale

Professor Dominique Baron Lambert, Ph.D. in Physics and in Philosophy, University of Namur and Royal Academy of Belgium (Belgium): 
« Médecine et Transcendance: de la réparation à la relation» 

Allocution of Prof. Roberto Gualtieri, Mayor of Rome

Final concert by members of the Ensemble cameristico dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico, Roma, Italy

19.00            Closing


Friday, September 16, 2022

08.00-10.00 Information desk open


– Dr. Henrietta Williams (Nigeria), English speaking representative of the African Federation of Catholic Physicians.
– Dr. Évariste Likinda (R.D.C.-Congo), French speaking representative of the African Federation of Catholic Physicians.

08.30-09.00 Jean-Guilhem Xerri, M.D., Ph.M., Psychoanalist and Biologist (France): 
« La médecine transhumaniste n’existe pas »

09.00-09.30 Fiorella Gurrieri, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medical genetics at the Biocampus University-Roma (Italy):
« Promesse e insidie della genetica umana »


– Dr. Rene Bullecer (The Philippines), representative of the Catholic Medical Association of the Philippines.
– Dr. Pedro Spineti (Brazil), Representative of the Latin-American Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

09.30-10.00 Nikolas T. Nikas, JD, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University, College of Law, where he graduated in the top five percent of his class; B.A. in government and international relations, and M.A. in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, President of the Bioethics Defense Fund, Catholic Academy for Life Leadership (U.S.A.): 
« The Crisis of Reason in Western Jurisprudence and its Impact on  Medicine’s Duty to Protect Life »

10.00-10.30 P. Philippe Capelle-Dumont, Professor of philosophy and theology, Institut Catholique de Paris, associate researcher at the Sorbonne University, Honorary President « de la Conférence mondiale des facultés de philosophie des universités catholiques » and «  de l’Académie Catholique de France » (France):
« Nature et transgression. Anthropologie philosophique fondamentale »

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-11.30 Keynote speech

Giulia Lombardi, Professor of philosophy at the Pontifical University Urbaniana- Roma (Italy): 
« Il ruolo dell’esperienza per riparare e trasformare, alla luce dell’empeiria greca: avere chiaro il margine di manovra »

11.30-12.00 Lorella Congiunti, Professor of philosophy at the Pontifical University Urbaniana – Roma (Italy): 
« Riparare e trasformare secondo la natura dell’uomo e il suo fine »

12.00-14.00 Break.


– Niklaus Waldis, General Secretary of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (Switzerland).
– Elvis Seman (Australia), Representative of the Federation of Catholic Medical Association of Oceania.

14.00-14.45 Keynote speech

P. Philippe Capelle-Dumont (France): 
« Réparation. Rédemption. Transfiguration. Contribution à une théologie de la corporéité »

14.45-15.45 Yves Semen, Docteur en philosophie de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Président de l’Institut de Théologie du Corps (Lyon, France):
« Du corps humain comme signe de la personne au langage du corps relu dans la vérité »

15.45-16.15 Conclusions : Dominique Lambert (Belgium)

16.15 Departure for the Holy Mass

17.00-18.30 HOLY MASS at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter – Saint-Peters Basilica, celebrated by His Eminence Peter Cardinal Turkson, chancellor of the Pontifical Academies for Sciences and for Social Sciences, and concelebrated by all priests present.
Bariton: Peter Broos (Belgium)

20.00-22.00 Dinner at the Satiricus Ristorante
Via del Corridori , 458, 00193 Roma
(For those who payed or were invited; at this point ‘sold out’)


Saturday, September 17, 2022


08.00-09.00 Information desk open

08.00-10.00 Morning Symposium
Chairman: Vincent Kemme, biologist (The Netherlands, Belgium).
Testimonies of Young Physicians from all over the world:
« Witnessing to the hope that is in you » (cfr. Peter, 3, 15)

  • Vincent Kemme  Welcome speech 
  • José Diogo Ferreira Martins, Paediatric Cardiologist (Portugal) and Benedita Pacheco de Carvalho, 3rd year medical student:
    « The joy of being a young catholic doctor in Portugal »
  • François Mabilais, General Practitioner, President of ‘Emmanuel Médecins’ (France):
    Comment « le cœur doux et humble du Christ » transforme notre vie de médecin 
  • Tom McGovern, Chairman, Young Member Advisory Committee, Catholic Medical Association of USA, and Kate Kondratuk, Resident physician in Dermatology, former President of CMA Medical Student Section”.
    « Effective outreach to Catholic medical students and young physicians »

10.00 Coffee break

10.30-12.30 Symposium
Chairman: Vincent Kemme

  • Camila Rodrigues, Intensivist, Front Line doctor (Brazil):
    « Doctors of Body and Soul Ministry »
  • Lotte Voets, geriatrician, the Netherlands:
    « Geriatric medicine in a highly secularised society: opportunities of faith, hope and love  »
  • Odilon-Gbènoukpo Singbo PhD, priest and theologian from Benin at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Zagreb, Croatia:
    « Expérience d’Afrique, Europe et le transhumanisme  »

12.30 Break

14.30 Final message. Awards ceremony. Tributes to personalities.

17.00 Allocution by His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State

17.30 General assembly

19.30-20.30 Holy Mass

Via Paolo VI, 21
00120 – Città del Vaticano (RM)

Augustinianum > Bambino

Entrances – left: Bambino, right: Augustinianum

Info: rome2022@fiamc.org

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