25th FIAMC Congress, Zagreb – Croatia, May 30th – June 2nd, 2018
Congress Venue: The Westin Hotel

 “…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 

“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

  • Sanctity of Life in the Light of Ethical Relativism, Secularism, and Transhumanism from Fertilization until Natural Death
  • Science and Medicine through the Lens of the Magisterium as Expressed in the Past Fifty Years of Papal Encyclicas
  • The Mission of FIAMC as an International Association of Lay Medical Professionals in the Concert with the Teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity
  • Humanae Vitae, Evangelium Vitae, Donum Vitae, Laudato Si, Familiaris Consortio
  • Science in the Service of Human Nature
  • Bioethics and Scientific Achievements 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 – Waste Culture
  • Medical Education on Bioethics

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 – 12:30   ​Satellite Symposium

Chairman: Jure Murgić

Ingrid Prkačin, Nutrition, Frailty and Disability

Mirjana Turkalj; Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition in Children

Julijana Franinović-Marković, Palliative Care from Theory to Practice

13:00 – 14:00   Round table Discussion: Interfaith Dialogue – World Medical Association Policy Changes – Msgr Jacques Suaudeau

Participants from Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and Orthodox Religion



15:00 – 16:00

Opening Ceremony Performance

Presidential Address – John Lee and Ana Planinc-Peraica

Distinguished Guests’ Address and Film Projection

Msgr Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life

Institutional address

16:00 – 16:20


Msgr. Bruno- Marie Duffé, Secretary of Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Role of the New Dicastery on Promoting Integral Human Development

16:30 – 18:00

Welcome reception

19:00 – 21:00

Holy Mass and Solemn Procession Our Lady Patroness of Zagreb Celebration, Zagreb Cathedral

Thursday, May 31, 2018

07:15 – 07:45

Holy Mass, The Westin Hotel

08:00 –18:00 ​


08:30 – 09:00

Keynote Address I

Chairpersons: George Isajiw, USA, John Lee, Singapore; Ana Planinc Peraica, Croatia

Card. Willem Jacobus Eijk, Netherlands, Humanae Vitae: Half a Century – A Stumbling Block or A Prophetic Document?

09:00 – 09:15 Discussion

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Address II  

Chairpersons: Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy; Gian–Luigi Gigli; Italy; Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland

Msgr. Vicenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Sanctity of Life and the Medical Profession from Humanae Vitae to Laudato si

09:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break


Scientific Session I: Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity

Chairpersons:  Jack Lane, USA; Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy; Jasenka Markeljević, Croatia

10:15 – 10:35 Nikolas T. Nikas, USA, The Power and Glory of Conscientious Practice in A Culture of Death: What Every Catholic Healthcare Professional Should Know

10:35 -10:55 Gian–Luigi Gigli, Italy, Assisted Nutrition and Hydration. Ethical Meaning in The Different Clinical Contexts 

10:55 -11:15 Ermanno Pavesi, Switzerland, Hospital as Christian Institution

11:15 – 11:35 Vincenzo Defilippis, Italy, Role of Catholic Doctors in Europe Today Between Science and Bioethics, Rights and Freedom of Thought

11:35 – 11:55 Jasenka Markeljević, Croatia, Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity in our Civilization – Quo Vadis, Croatia?

11:55 – 12:05 George Isajiw, USA, Stealth Euthanasia Among Us – Before We Take the Splinter Out of Our Brother’s Eye

12.05 – 12.15


12:15– 13:00

Round table discussion: Conscientious Objection in Science and Clinical Practice Related to Ethical Committees’ Decisions (Ana Planinc-Peraica, Jasenka Markeljević, Morana Brkljačić)

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

Scientific Session II: Trans-humanism and the Medical Profession in Contemporary Civilization

Chairpersons: Jozef Glasa; Slovakia; Davor Miličić, Croatia; Kevin Murrell,USA

14:00 – 14:45 Bernard Ars, Belgium, Reflections on the Human Being in the Face of the Domination of Techno-Sciences 

14:45 -15:05 Davor Miličić, Croatia, Ethical Aspects of Everyday Clinical Practice in Perspective of New Technologies

15:05- 15:25 Jana Zuščinová, Slovakia, Bioethics & Politics: Good Governance Of Humanity

15:25 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:30

Keynote Address III:

Chairperson Freddie Loh, Malaysia

Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Take Care of Your Patients

Scientific Session III: Evangelium Vitae – The Antidote to Contraception, Abortion, and Euthanasia

Chairpersons:  Elvis Seman, Australia; Neda Aberle, Croatia; Bernard Ars, Belgium

16:30 – 16:50 Filippo-Maria Boscia, Italy, The great Confusion Between Contraception and Contragestation Abortion Hidden Today

16:50 – 17:10 Jozef Glasa, Slovakia, The Culture of Life and the Waste Culture

17:10 -17:30 Neda Aberle, Croatia, Prenatal Euthanasia for Healthy and Sick Child

17:30 – 18.00


19:00 –20:00

Holy Mass, St Marko Church, Upper Town of Zagreb

20:30 – 22:00

Visit to Dverce Palace, reception hosted by the Mayor of Zagreb, Upper Town of Zagreb

Friday, June 1, 2018

07:15 – 07:45   Holy Mass, The Hotel Westin

08:00 –18:00 ​   Registration

Symposium for Students and Young Physicians

Chairpersons: Kevin Murrell, USA; Lucija Murgić, Croatia; Etienne Gaisne, France

08:30 – 08:45 Etienne Gaisne, France, The Medical Error ̶ A Look of Truth

08:45 – 08:55 Kevin Murrell, USA, FIAMC and Young Physicians and Medical Students

08:55 – 09:05 John Rhee, USA, Is God Present in Your Life as a Medical Student?

09:05 – 09:15 Deborah Anne Lee, Singapore, Joy of Service –12 Years of Mission Work and Counting from a Student to a Doctor

09:15 – 09:25 Carissa Soon, Singapore, Student-driven Medical Missions

09:25– 09:35

Panel: Dialogue with Medical Students and Young Doctors – Priscilla Lim, Singapore; Pedro Spinelli, Brazil; John Rhee, USA; Deborah Lee, Singapore; Carissa Soon, Singapore



10:00 – 11:00

FIAMC General Assembly


Parallel sessions



Small Hall 1    

08:30 – 10:00 Boris Ujević, Croatia; Lea Potočar, Croatia, FEMM – Healthcare for Women  


Small Hall 2

08:30 – 10:00 Marija Ćurlin, Croatia, Billings Ovulation Method® – Fertility Awareness and Management


Small Hall 3

08:30 – 10:00 Freddie Loh, Malaysia, Care for the Poor in Malaysia


Workshops in Different Languages  


Small Hall 1    


Danijela Rupčić, Croatia, Aspetti etici e giuridici della protezione del nascituro (Ethical and Legal Aspects of the Protection of Unborn Child)




Small Hall 2


Stephen Bartulica, Croatia, Renewal of Culture and Conscience

Martha Ferenc, Ukraine, Report on Ukrainian Experience in Social Support for Young Mothers



Small Hall 3    


Daniela De Micheli Vitturi, Croatia, Odgovorno roditeljstvo i demografska obnova

(Responsible Parenthood and demographic renewal)


Small Hall 4


Tvrtko Barun, Croatia, Migration, Human Trafficking and Children Exploitation






Coffee Break




11:15 – 11:45

Keynote Address IV:

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

11:45 – 12:15

Keynote Address V:

Vincent Kemme, Belgium, A Positive Response to a “Tsunami” of Secularism



Presentation for Medical Students and Young Physicians

12:15 – 12:30 Lucija Murgić, Croatia, Medical Education on Bioethics

12:30 – 12:45 Damir Stojić, Croatia, Pastoral Care for Medical Students in Croatia

12:45 – 13:00 Mateja Šegović, Croatia, Youth Section (CCMS)

13:00 – 13:15 Katarina Mamić, Croatia, World Youth Alliance 


Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00


Scientific Session IV: Familiaris Consortio – The Medical Profession in Protection of the Family

14:00 – 14:20 Robert Walley, Canada, Matercare International, Is the Catholic Doctor Being Frozen out of Modern Health Care by New Ethical and Moral Asteroids?

14:20 – 14:50 M.W. LeChevallier, USA, Pharmaceuticals and the Environment: Linkage to Natural Family Planning (NFP)

14:50 – 15:20 Peter Jarzyna, USA, Duke University Trial Shows: Not Born With It! The Worldwide Autism Epidemic – Human Fetal DNA and Retroviral Environmental Triggers

15:20 – 15:40 Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, France, Patient Centered Medicine

15:40 -16:00


16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 16:45 Priscilla Lim, Singapore; Sr Sarah Garcia, Philippines, The Joy of Service: Proposed Collaboration between FIAMC and Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco

Scientific Session V: Charity in Truth – Science in the Service of Human Nature as Created by God

16:45 – 17:00 Jose-Maria Simon-Castellvi, Spain, Thoughts on Humanae vitae

17:00 – 17:15 Alexandre Laureano-Santos, Portugal, From Scientific Knowledge to Compassion for the Patients

17:15 – 17:30 Fr Ján Ďačok, Slovakia, Care for our Common House, Biopolitics and Theologic-Moral Reflection

17:30- 17:45 Fr. Viktor Yaremak, OSBM, Ivan Luts, Ukraine, Re-establishment of the Principle of Human Dignity and Resumption of Church Teaching in Post-Soviet and Post-socialist Reality, as Experienced in Ukraine

17:45 – 18:00


Parallel Sessions for MaterCare International, Dentists and Dental Surgeons, Pharmacists and Nurses

Small Hall 1: Health Care Based on a Pro-life Foundation

Chairperson: Bob Chazan, Poland

14:30 – 14:40


14:40 – 14:55 Elvis Šeman, Australia, The Influence of Creighton, Billings and Sympto-thermal Methods in Australia

14:55 – 15:10 Mirjana Radan, Croatia, Surrogate Motherhood- ̶ -Manipulated Parenthood  

15:10 – 15:25 Žarko Šperanda, Croatia, Dissociation of Sexuality and Reproduction

15:25 – 15:40


15:40 – 16:00

Coffee break

What does Catholic Maternal Health Care Looks Like? MaterCare

Chairperson: Elvis Šeman, Australia

16:00 – 16:10 Introduction

16:10 – 16:25 Robert Walley, Canada, Its Formation and Purpose in The Care of Mothers and Babies.

16:40 – 16:45 Robert Walley, Canada, In the Developing World – Project Isiolo.

16:45 – 17:00 Joseph Hassan and Cushla Hassan, New Zealand, First do no harm: Christian Hippocratic General Practice in New Zealand, offering fertility education and a free Crisis Pregnancy Service.

17:00 – 17:15 B. Chazan, Poland, In Europe 

17:15 – 17:30 E. Šeman, Australia, In Australasia 

17:30 – 17.45 Oliviero Gorrieri, Italia, ADO assistenza Domiciliare Odontoiatrica


Small Hall 2: Ethical Challenges in Dental Medicine

16:45 – 17:00 Pavel Kobler, Croatia, Is there a need to always use dental implants?

17:00 – 17:15 Jasna Leko, Croatia, Dental Medicine in Palliative Care

17:15 – 17:30 Žarko Udiljak, Croatia, Ethics and Esthetics in Dental Practice

Small Hall 3: Ethical Challenges in Biochemistry and Pharmacology

16:45 – 17:00 Jadranka Sertić, Diagnostic Procedures in Laboratories Precision Medicine and Cost Benefit Reality

17:15 – 17:30 Helena Glasova, Slovakia, Ethics in Clinical Research and Drug Reimbursement

17:30-17:45 Robert Likić, Croatia, Ethical Conduct of Clinical Trials


17:45 – 18:00


Small Hall 4: Palliative Care

16:15 – 16:30 Ingrid Prkačin, Croatia, Palliative Care in the Emergency Service

16:30 – 16:45 Željko Krznarić, Croatia, Enteral Nutrition in Adults  

16:45 – 17:00 Jasminka Stepan, Croatia, Palliative Care in Children

17:00 – 17:15 Morana Brkljačić, Croatia, Ethical Aspects of Palliative Care

17:15 – 17:30 Lidija Fumić Dunkić, Croatia, Palliative Care – New Approach


17:30 – 18:00 


20:00 – 22:00

Gala Dinner, Westin Hotel

Saturday, June 2, 2018

07:00 – 07:30 Holy Mass, The Westin Hotel

08:00 – 08:30 Keynote Address VII:

  1. Delmonico, USA, Organ Trafficking

09:15 – 09:30 Mirela Bušić, Croatia, Organ Donation

Scientific Session 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 B. Galichon, France, European Experience 

08:55– 09:05 Fr David Garcia, Singapore, Asian Experience

09:05 – 09:15 Oceania Experience

09:15 – 09:25 African Experience

09.25 – 09.35 George Isajiw, USA, North American Experience breakout session on palliative care

09:35 – 09:45 Latin American Experience

09:45 – 10:05 Francois Blin, FIAMC, FEAMC – Past and Future

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) – AFCMA (Peter Au Yeong, Hong Kong)

Parallel Sessions: Program for Nurses, Priests and Volunteers

8:30 – 9:30

Small Hall 1: Workshop for Nurses

08:30 – 09:00 Janet Muchengwa, United Kingdom, Role of CICIAMS as a Catholic Nurses’ Association in today’s world

09:00 – 09:15 Role of nurses in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

Small Hall 2: Workshop for Priests and Religious – Role of Religious in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

Small Hall 3: Workshop for Volunteers – Role of Volunteers in Palliative Care and Protection of Life

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00    Conclusions of the Congress & Closing Ceremony




Post-Congress Program

13.00 – 18:00

Visit to Sanctuary Marija Bistrica, Holy Mass



Post Congress Program for Students and Young Physicians Pedro Spinelli, Brazil


13.00 – 13:50 Round Table Discussion: How to affirm the Culture of Life (Youth Section, CCMS: Periša Sekondo, Ivo Džeba, Mate Žaja, Boris Jozić, Đuliano Trdić) 13:50 – 14:00 Discussions


14.00 – 15.00 Workshops:


Small Hall 1: Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Volunteering (Youth Section, CCMS):

14:00 – 14:10 Ivan Novak, Croatia, Survey: Volunteering among medical students and young physicians

14:10 – 14:50 Jakov Milić, Croatia, Salvifici Doloris – Redemptive Suffering According to st. John Paul II

14:50 – 14:50 Discussions

Small Hall 2: Boris Ujević, Lea Potočar, Croatia, FEMM – Healthcare for women


Small Hall 3 : Andreja Kotnik, Croatia, World Youth Alliance – HDC, Human Dignity Curriculum


Small Hall 4 : Katarina Mamić, Croatia, World Youth Alliance – Interactive workshop: Right to life and international treaties


15:30 – 17:30 Sightseeing of Zagreb


18:00 – 19:00 Holy Mass for Students and Young Physicians (St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb, Upper Town of Zagreb)

19:15 – 22:00 Presentation of Students and Young Physicians Activities, Meeting with cocktail, Music program Klapa „Euterpa“ (Praška street 6/II, Zagreb)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Post Congress Program for Students and Young Physicians

09:30 – 10:30 Coffee Meeting, Ban Jelačić Square

11.00 – 12.00 Holy Mass, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Zagreb (Palmotićeva street 33)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch, Restaurant (location to be announced later)*

15.00 Recreational Program, Maksimir Park


*** not included in the Congress fees