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



Thursday, September 15, 2022

07.30-08.00  Holy Mass

08.00-17.00  Information desk open

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. John Lane, Vice-President of the F.I.A.M.C. (U.S.A.)
– Dr. José-Maria Simon Castellvi, Past President of the F.I.A.M.C. (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.): 
« 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   Al Oliva, M.D., Ph.D., Plastic-Surgeon, member of the board of directors of both the Spokane County Medical Society and the Washington State Medical Society (U.S.A.):
« The surgical treatments of adult gender dysphoria »

12.30-14.00 Break


14.30-15.00  Short speech by the President of the World Federation of Catholic Physicians, Prof. Dr. Bernard Ars.

15.00-15.30 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 »

15.30- 15.45 Musical interlude by members of the Ensemble cameristico dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico – Roma, Italy

15.45-16.00 Allocution by His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin,
Secretary of State

16.00-16.30  Allocution by His Eminence Kevin Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

16.30-16.45 Musical interlude by members of the Ensemble cameristico dell’Università Campus Bio-Medico,  – Roma, Italy

16.45-17.15 …

17.15-18.00  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 »

18.00- 19.00 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. Likinda (R.D.C.-Congo), French speaking representative of the African Federation of Catholic Physicians.

08.30-09.00  Fiorella Gurrieri, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medical genetics at the Biocampus University-Roma (Italy):
« Promesse e insidie della genetica umana »

09.00-09.30 Jean-Guilhem Xerri, M.D., Ph.M., Psychoanalist and Biologist (France): 
« La médecine transhumaniste n’existe pas »


– 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 F.I.A.M.C.(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 lacorporéité »

14.45-15.30 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 »

  • Dominique Lambert (Belgium)

15.30- 16.15 Conclusions 

16.15-16.30 ….

16.30 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, eand concelebrated by all priests present.
Bariton: Peter Broos (Belgium)

20.00-22.00 Dinner


Saturday, September 17, 2022


08.00-09.00 Information desk open

08.30-10.30 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)

08.00-8.15 Vincent Kemme.  Welcome speech 

08.15-08.45 José Diogo Ferreira Martins, Paediatric Cardiologist (Portugal):
« Challenges of the Catholic Physicians in Portugal »

08.45-09.15 François Mabilais, General Practitioner, President of ‘Emmanuel Médecins’ (France):
Comment « le cœur doux et humble du Christ » transforme notre vie de médecin 

09.15-10.00  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 Departure for the Papal Audience

12.00 PAPAL AUDIENCE (Requested) 

13.30-15.00  Break

15.00- 17.00 Afternoon – Junior Symposium
Chairman: Vincent Kemme

15.00-15.30 Camila Rodrigues, Intensivist, Front Line doctor (Brazil):
« Doctors of Body and Soul Ministry »

15.30-16.00 Peter Au-Young (Hong Kong), Anaesthesiologist, Chinese University of Hong Kong:
« The Challenge of Multiculturalism in Asia »

16.00-16.30 Lotte Voets, geriatrician, the Netherlands:
« Geriatric medicine in a highly secularised society: opportunities of faith, hope and love  »

16.30-17.00 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  »

Final message. Awards ceremony. Tributes to personalities.

17.30 General assembly

19.30-20.30 Holy Mass at the Church of the Frisians
Chiesa dei SS. Michele e Magno (‘Friezenkerk’),
Borgo Santo Spirito 21, Roma

Info: rome2022@fiamc.org

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