International Conference

CHRISTIANS FACING COVID 19 VACCINES

Should a Christian get vaccinated?

Is it safe to get vaccinated?  Is it morally required?

What will be the social and economic consequences?

Basis:

The Holy See has indicated the relevance, necessity and importance of supporting the vaccination campaign that will be carried out throughout this year worldwide, so it has issued two important statements: "Vaccine for all. 20 points for a fairer and healthier world " of the Pontifical Academy for Life and "Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines” of Congregation for the doctrine of the faith.

 

The discussion about the use of vaccines against COVID 19 is part of a very intense debate in public opinion, where “fake news” and absurd conspiracy theories, are poisoning some Catholic environments. It is of vital importance for the future of humanity, the world wide application of the vaccine in all social classes.

 

Considering all of the above, the Latin American Catholic Leaders Academy will hold an international conference whose objective is to echo the position of the Catholic Church to promote and collaborate in the global vaccination campaign, from a multidisciplinary approach to the problem that will be carried out from the Doctrine social of the Church, the medical (infectious diseases) and social sciences.

Speakers:

CARDINAL SEAN O’MALLEY, ARCHBISHOP OF BOSTON.

Is the founding President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Member of the Council of Cardinals which advises His Holiness, Pope Francis.

He has been a professed member of the Capuchin Friars Minor for over 50 years.

Has been a world-wide leader in the Church’s efforts to protect minors for more than 25 years, including his previous service as bishop in Palm Beach, Florida; Fall River, Massachusetts; and St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands.

Member of the Council of Cardinals and he is a member of the Congregation for the Clergy, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Presidential Council of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Earned a master’s degree in religious education and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature from The Catholic University of America.

KATARINA LE BLANC, CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGIST AT THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE, STOCKHOLM.

Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life

Professor of Clinical Stem Cell Research at Karolinska Institutet. Received her M.D. and Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institutet. In 2002 she became a certified specialist in hematology.

Has published well over 100 peer-reviewed publications and review articles, been cited more than 12.000 times, and given some 140 presentations at various international meetings.

Dr Le Blanc’s main research interest is mesenchymal stem cells, haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and immunology.

Is a member of several international and national committees including notably the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet and The Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

She is the recipient of several awards including the Tobias Foundation Prize for the excellent studies of the immunological properties of mesenchymal stem cells.

ENRIQUE GARCÍA RODRÍGUEZ, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE TRUST FOR THE AMERICAS.

Was Executive President of CAF, a regional multilateral financial institution that brings 19 countries together.

He was the Minister of Planning and Chief of the Economic and Social Cabinet of Bolivia. At the international level he also held professional and executive positions for 17 years at the IDB-Inter-American Development Bank, where he concluded his career as Treasurer of the institution.

He is currently President of the Council of International Relations for Latin America (RIAL), Co-Chair of the Ibero-American Productivity and Competitiveness Council (CIPYC). He is also a member of the following boards: Inter-American Dialogue, Wilson Center, Institute of the Americas, Harvard Universities, Notre Dame Georgetown, London School of Economics (LSE).

He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics (LSE) and visiting professor at the University of Havana. He is also visiting fellow at the University of Oxford and Professor at the Atlantic Institute of Government.

He is a member of the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences and the Council of Science and Technology of the Academy of Sciences of Bolivia.

Schedule:

English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese simultaneous translation will be provided.

 

Tuesday, January 19th. 2-hour Conference.

 

11:00 am: Chicago, Mexico, Central America.

12:00 pm: Washington, Canada, Colombia.

  2:00 pm: Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil.

  5:00 pm: United Kingdom, Portugal.

  6:00 pm: Spain, Italy, Germany, Nigeria.

  9:00 pm: United Arab Emirates, Russia.

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