Public Health in Global Perspective

Workshop on line September 27-28, 2021



In the light of the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Workshop intends to offer a reflection on certain ethical values that proved crucial in this circumstance, but also an analysis of the challenges posed by a necessary ethical, medical and ecological ‘conversion’. The aim is to  make sense of what has happened and not to lose the lessons learned from this crisis. A valuable lesson for a substantial renewal of societies and for a fairer and more sustainable future.


9:00 – Welcome address - Archbishop Vincenzo PAGLIA, President, Pontifical Academy for Life (Vatican City)

9:15 – “In confinement”, Video by Eugenia BALCELLS (2020)

9:20 - Opening Biblical reflection Anne-Marie PELLETIER (France)

9:30 – Medical research in the context of pandemic Jules HOFFMANN (France)

9:50 – Pandemic and public health in Latin America Carissa ETIENNE (Dominica)

10:10 – Pandemic and public health in Africa John NKENGASONG (Cameroon)

10:30 – Pandemic in the physicians’ perspective David BARBE (USA)

Abp. Paglia: Greetings to the Pope

POPE FRANCIS' SPEECH to the Pontifical Academy for Life - Apostolic Palace - Italian - Spanish - English



15:00 – Scientific research Katarina LEBLANC (Sweden)

15:20 – Market and economy Gael GIRAUD (France)

15:40 – Discussion   

16:40 – Local and international health organizations Walter RICCIARDI (Italy)

17:00 – The Issue of Zoonosis Pascoal CARVALHO (India)

17:20 – Freedom and common good Maria Clara LUCCHETTI BINGEMER (Brazil)

17:40 – Discussion    18:40 – Conclusion


General Conclusion - Abp. Paglia - Italian - English





Pictures from the Meeting

Pope Francis

The Custos of Life Award of the Pontifical Academy for Life was awarded to Dale Recinella, a lay chaplain on death row in Florida. Dale Recinella carries out this work with the death row inmates, while his wife Susan takes care of the families of the condemned and the families of the victims.