Catholics and Muslims unite to defend palliative care

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia at the conference in Doha, Qatar, yesterday (Crux-Pontifical Academy for Life)

The head of the Pontifical Academy for Life said yesterday that religions should be the guardians of palliative care. Source: Crux.

“Palliative care represents a human right and several international programs are working to make it so,” Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told Catholic and Muslim experts on healthcare and ethics at a conference in Doha, the capital of Qatar, yesterday.

“But the real human right,” he added, “is to continue to be recognised and welcomed as a member of society, as part of a community.”

Concluding today, the two-day “Muslim and Christian Perspectives in Palliative Care and End of Life” conference is taking place in Doha, Qatar, and is organised by Georgetown University in collaboration with the Academy for Life and the Wish Program at the Qatar Foundation.

“Palliative care embodies a vision of man that is guarded and promoted by the great religious traditions,” Archbishop Paglia said. “Today they represent for all of us a concrete answer that takes place in a context of a shortage of love for the human being and a crisis of social ties, which from a generic disinterest is becoming a full-on social disintegration that concerns all forms of community starting from the family.”

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global organisation based in Qatar aimed at providing healthcare, and the Pontifical Academy for Life signed a Joint Declaration on End of Life and Palliative Care yesterday promoting an integral approach to the human person.

“Two institutions of different faiths, but sharing in the duty of research, of scientific promotion and cultural development,” Archbishop Paglia said, “two academic institutions that in palliative care found a fertile ground for encounter and collaboration to realise a new humanism, which benefits all persons and all people.”

The event is part of the many initiatives that the Academy has launched to promote palliative care around the world.

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