International Conference on Theme: Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul
The Vatican will explore ways to improve health at a global conference in May.
The Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation are organizing the Fifth International Conference on the theme: Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul. How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health. The Conference will take place virtually from May 6 to 8, 2021, and bring together physicians, scientists, ethicists, religious leaders, patient rights advocates, policymakers, philanthropists, and commentators to discuss the latest breakthroughs in medicine, healthcare delivery, and prevention, as well as the human implications and cultural impact of technological advances.
The organizers will also promote a roundtable on “Bridging Science and Faith”, aimed at exploring the relationship of religion and spirituality to health and wellbeing, including the relationship between mind, body, and soul. The discussion will deal with the deeper meaning of human existence and seek areas of convergence between the humanities and the natural sciences. At the conclusion of the Conference, Pope Francis will address a video message to the participants. Priests, pastoral health care workers, and students from Pontifical and Catholic Universities worldwide are invited to take part in the Conference. More detailed information can be found on the website of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the conference website.
The Pontifical Council for Culture traces its origins to the Second Vatican Council and its openness to contemporary culture. In its Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et Spes, the Council Fathers expressed the needs of the Church to continually place itself at the forefront of the cultural needs of the world. It was a new period of history where a new humanism was arising and the Church, faithful to its own traditions, was aware of the universality of its mission, entering into communion with the different forms of culture, a communion that would enrich the Church as much as the cultures. The Pontifical Council for Culture is committed to the dialogue with many realities in the relationship between culture and faith.
The Cura Foundation (“Cura” or the “Foundation”) is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, public 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to improve human health globally. Cura’s objective is to streamline health care delivery and optimize access to care to prevent and vanquish disease, reduce human suffering and increase the quality of life around the world. We seek to advance the development of breakthrough medical technologies, promote preventative measures, encourage interdisciplinary approaches to medicine, improve access to innovation and eliminate social disparities in health care.
We aim to break down the silos and build bridges through facilitating partnerships and collaboration and encouraging holistic approaches to health, examining the whole person and their mind, body, and soul. Cura emphasizes the importance of providing accessible and affordable care sustainably and equitably while promoting innovation in health and wellbeing accelerated by creating global partnerships between scientists, physicians, regulatory agencies, ministers of health, patient advocates, physicians, ethicists, philanthropists, leaders of faith, government officials and industry personnel. The foundation raises public awareness, supports research and educates the next generation of thought leaders and medical professionals about innovations in medicine, and promotes interdisciplinary dialogue between theologians, philosophers, and scientists. Cura is growing a global collaborative network to tackle major health issues, including cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic disease, autoimmune disorders, rare diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and mental illness.
Cura coordinates with its subsidiaries (Stem for Life, Science, Theological and The Ontological Quest International (STOQ), and Cognitive Warriors) and collaborators to achieve the organization’s mission to #UniteToPrevent and #UniteToCure.