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Thursday 11th May
Installation of commercial exhibition and NGO exhibitions
Set up posters
Arrival of congress participants

4:00 p.m.: Inaugural session:
  • Prayer and speeches (Barcelona Conference Centre auditorium).

  • Prof. Dr. Gian Luigi Gigli, FIAMC President: Opening speech of congress. ”Fourteenth anniversary of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations”.

  • Prof. Dr. J.M. Massons of the Real Acadèmia de
    Medicina de Catalunya [Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia].

  • Dr. J.M. Simón, chairman of the Organising Committee of Metges Cristians de Catalunya
    [Christian Physicians of Catalonia].

  • Health authorities

  • His Excellence Rev. Msg. Lluís Martínez Sistach,
    Archbishop-Metropolitan of Barcelona.

  • His Eminence Rev. Msg. cardinal Renato
    , president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

  • Welcome reception

6:00-8:00 p.m.: Session 1:
Access to health: the rights of the poorest, a problem of justice. Moderators: Dr. F. Garcia-Faria, Dr. L. Maciunas and Dr. C. Carranza.

  1. Dr. A. Ridruejo: President of Sociedad de Castilla-León y Cantabria de Medicina
    Interna [Castile-León and Cantabria Society of Internal Medicine]. Former President of the Fraternidad Médico Farmacéutica de San Cosme y San Damián de
    Burgos y Madrid [Burgos and Madrid Medical-Pharmaceutical Fraternity of St Cosmas and St Damian] (Spain).

  2. Rev. Fr. S. Fernandes: Research Coordinator at the FIAMC Biomedical Ethics Centre
    in Bombay (India).

  3. Rev. Fr. R. Vitillo: Caritas International AIDS Delegate. “Poverty as the cause and
    AIDS as the effect”.

  4. Mr. Muakuku Rondo Igambo: Teacher of Cooperation and Development. “Poverty,
    development and globalisation in Sub-Saharan Africa” (Equatorial Guinea).

6:00-8:00 p.m.: Workshop
“Sexuality of youth”
Dinner free.

Friday 12th May

8:15 a.m.
Solemn inauguration mass (dedicated to Dr.
Tarrés) in the Conference Centre auditorium. Latin,
French, English, Italian, Spanish and Catalan.

9:00 a.m.

Special session - Continents (perspectives from the continental foundations of FIAMC).

Moderators: Dr. À. de Arquer, Dr. G. Chumbe,
Rev. Fr. V.F. Pinto, Dr. G. Isajiw, Dr. A. Anzani
and Dr. P. Deschepper.
  • Latin America: Dr. F. Díaz.

  • Europe: Dr. J. Marek.

  • Africa: Dr. John B. Wilson.

  • Oceania: Dr. M. Shanahan.

11:00 a.m.
Coffee break

11:30 a.m.
  • North America: Dr. K. Murrell.

  • Asia: Dr. John Lee. “Responses to the challenges
    of the tsunami”.

  • MaterCare: Dr. R. Walley.

  • Association of Catholic Chiropractors: Dr. K. Shields.

  • Lourdes International Medical Association:
    Dr. P. Thellier.

1:30 p.m.

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Free papers in 2 or 3 rooms.
Moderators: Dr. X. Sanz, Dr. E. Pavesi, Dr. H. Stevens, Dr. M. El Hachem, Dr. T. Csáky-Pallavicini and Dr. B.S. Streza.

Visit Catholic Health Exhibition.

Visit Pueblo Español (display of different Spanish
monuments and buildings) and tapa dinner.

Saturday 13th May

8:15 a.m.
Mass at the Conference Centre auditorium.

9:00 a.m.: Session 2:
Distance learning in medicine: opportunities and risks
Moderators: Dr. F.X. Buqueras, Dr. E. Pavesi and Dr. J. Glasa.

  1. Prof. Dr. A. Cervantes: Director of Instituto de Salud Pública [Institute of Public
    Health]. Universidad de Anáhuac (Mexico).

  2. Prof. Dr. V. R. Curran: Specialist in correspondence learning. Université
    Commémorative de Terre-Neuve (Canada).

  3. Dr. H. Klaus: Executive Director of the Natural Family Planning Centre in
    Washington DC and the Teenstar program (United States.) “Education in affectivity
    and sexuality”.

11:00 a.m.
Coffee break

11:30 a.m.: Session 3:
The attitude of international health bodies towards poor countries. Moderators: Dr. M. Pacheco, Dra. C. Canet y Dr. B. Streza.
  1. Mr. C. Polo: Director of the Latin American Office of the Population Research

  2. Prof. Dr. E. Rojas: Professor of Psychiatry at Universidad Complutense de Madrid

  3. Dr. O. Jungo: FIAMC Delegate to the United Nations in Geneva (Switzerland): “The
    International Catholic Centre of Geneva”.

  4. Dr. A. Gerbase: AIDS Department of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  5. Dr. C. Almedal: Senior Adviser. Head of the UNAIDS Cooperation Unit in Geneva.

1:30 p.m.
Visit commercial exhibition and lunch.

2:30- 4:30 p.m.: Session 4:
Catholic physicians and other religious traditions. Respect for life and the dignity of
man. Ecumenical discourse.

  1. Prof. Dr. W. Osswald: Honorary President of FIAMC (Portugal).

  2. M. N. Gross: General Secretary of the Association of Protestant Hospitals of

  3. Mgr. J. González-Agápito: Ecumenical pastoral delegate of Barcelona.
    + Sign a joint declaration by different denominations in favour of life.
    + Ecumenical discourse (Coordinator: Mgr. J González-Agápito).

4:00 p.m.
FIAMC General Assembly (only for delegates).

Visit exhibitions.
Banquet: official speeches, Pope John XXI
International Prize for Medical Deontology award,

9:00 a.m.-1.30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:
Symposium of Catholic Psychologists.

9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.:
Symposium “Árbol de la Vida”.

Sunday 14th May

9:00-11:00 a.m.: Session 5:
Physicians serving peace. Missionary medicine serving peace and evangelisation.
Moderators: Dr. J. Argemí, Dr. E. Pavesi and Dr. A.M. Gravgaard:
  1. Dr. N. Zwicky: President of Catholic physicians in Switzerland. “On the specificity of missionary medicine”.

  2. Dr. F. Blin: General Secretary of FIAMC : “Dr. Albert Schweitzer (Nobel Prize),
    pioneer of humanitarian aid and peace”.

  3. Prof. Dr. K. Fleisher: Former Head of Kath. Missionsinstitut de Wurtzburg (Germany). “Poverty and disease in the South. How can we help?”.

  4. Mrs. L. Fleisher: Expert in prevention of AIDS in the Third World. “AIDS and the special
    vulnerability of women in Africa”.

Free papers:
Moderators: Dr. G Simón, Dr. O. Jungo and Dr. F. Loh.

Conference by Very Honourable Dr. Jordi Pujol.

Closing scientific session and read symposium conclusions.

9:00-11:00 a.m.
Symposium of Catholic Psychologists.

9:00-11:00 a.m.
Symposium “Árbol de la Vida”.

1:15 p.m.
Solemn Closing Liturgy at the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Jose María Simón, Interview about his election as President of the FIAMC

FIAMC elects Spanish José María Simón as new world president of the organization

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