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Palliative Care. An International Lab

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The Pontifical Academy for Life has organized an online conference from February 9 to 11, as part of the project to improve the dissemination of palliative care in the world. On February 9 and 10, the international scene was discussed; on February 11, the Italian situation is examined in depth. A better knowledge and dissemination of palliative care can be an effective action against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.  


Abp. Paglia's introduction February 9, 2022 - ITA - ENG

Summary of the proceedings February 10.

Summary of the proceedings February 9.


Videos of the Sessions


In 2017, the Pontifical Academy for Life launched the Project PAL-LIFE: An Advisory Working Group on Diffusion and Development of Palliative Care in the World, with the aim of contributing to the diffusion of palliative care culture in the world. Despite an increasing trend in the development and diffusion of palliative care culture in the world, there are still many barriers that do not allow to reach all patients in need of palliative care.

The Pontifical Academy for Life also promoted and published a White Book for Global Palliative Care Advocacy, available in Italian, English, German, Spanish:


Italy. The first university chair in Palliative Care

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On November 11, 2021, a conference  has taken place in the Aula Magna of the State University of Milan, where academic authorities and Palliative Care experts will be able to debate the end-of-life choices that make its dissemination crucial.

Archbishop Paglia's speech

The first university chair in Palliative Care is created at the University of Milan with the aim of training the specialists of the future to help and support the sick in the final stages of life. The holder of the course is Professor Augusto Caraceni of the National Cancer Institute of Milan and professor of Palliative Care at the State University of Milan.

The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, has no doubts: "The life of each person must always be respected and protected, in the light of its dignity which is a value above all values, as underlined by the Magisterium from Pius XII onwards". And Archbishop Paglia adds: "Palliative care makes the protection of human dignity concrete and must be made known more and more".


Meeting Pallife

During the first PAL-LIFE meeting, which was held in Rome on March 31 and April 1, 2017, the participating experts provided a description of the growth of palliative care (“PC”) throughout the world, highlighting in particular the opportunities and barriers to its further development and implementation in various geographical-cultural contexts.

Two Palliative Care resources

Two chapters in M. T. Lysaught's book Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice might be pertinent to the conference. The first is Chapter 8, “Racial Disparities at the End of Life and the Catholic Social Tradition,” by Sheri Bartlett Browne and Christian Cintron, which looks at the issue of palliative care in light of systemic racism in the US; and Ch. 19, “Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Developing Countries: Putting Palliative Care on the Global Health Agenda,” by Alexandre Martins, which argues for seeing palliative care as a crucial component of global health.