The Jérôme Lejeune International Chair in Bioethics is organizing
a major international conference
the audacity of an encyclical on sexuality and procreation
“My body, my choice”
May 19 and 20, 2023
The Jérôme Lejeune International Chair in Bioethics is organizing a major Congress on “HUMANAE VITAE, the audacity of an encyclical on sexuality and procreation” on May 19 and 20, 2023 in Rome .
This International Congress (in French, English, Spanish and Italian) is aimed at young people, couples, formators, priests, doctors, pharmacists, theologians,… who want to (re)discover this prophetic call in favor of the dignity of human love and human life. By confronting the difficulties of the contemporary world, with testimonies from couples and doctors, the Congress will be an opportunity to discover the audacity of this reference text, a real bulwark against the manipulation of human life and an invitation to welcome life .
Humanae Vitae: the audacity of an encyclical on sexuality and procreation
The scientific comittee
President: Prof. Mónica López Barahona, Holder of the Jerome Lejeune International Chair of Bioethics, Professor of Molecular Oncology and Bioethics, Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Madrid (Spain).
Prof. Mother Marie des Anges Cayeux O.P., Professor of Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome (Italy).
Rev. P. Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo, Doctor on Theology, Rector Professor of the Official University of Mbujimayi, Kasaï Oriental (Democratic Republic of Congo).
Prof. Carmen Fernández de la Cigoña, Professor of Social Doctrine of the Church, Director of the CEU Institute of Family Studies, CEU San Pablo University, Madrid (Spain).
Prof. John Haas, President emeritus of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He was Professor of moral theology at St. Charles Borromeo theological Seminary in Philadelphia and an adjunct professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC, Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, (United States).
Prof. Jokin de Irala Estévez, Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain).
Prof. María Lacalle Noriega, Professor of Philosophy of Law, Vice-Rector of Academic Planning and Teaching Staff, Director of the Family Institute, Francisco de Vitoria University, Madrid (Spain).
Jean-Marie Le Méné, President of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Paris (France).
Prof. Dr. Ramón Lucas Lucas, L.C., Professor of Anthropology, Università Gregoriana, Rome (Italy).
Prof. Jean-Marie Meyer, Professor of General and Moral Philosophy, appointed by St. John Paul II as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Paris (France).
Prof. Elena Postigo Solana, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics, Director of the Institute of Bioethics, Francisco de Vitoria University of Madrid, corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Madrid (Spain).
Prof. Rubén Revello, Director of the Instituto de Bioética, Universidad Católica Argentina (Argentina).
Prof. Dr. Michelle Schumacher, Professor of Theology, University of Fribourg (Switzerland).
Prof. Paulina Taboada, Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Bioethics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago (Chile).
Prof. Pilar Vigil Portales, Obstetrician-gynecologist-surgeon, Professor at the Catholic University of Chile, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Director of the Reproductive Health Research Institute and President of Teen Star Internacional, Santiago (Chile).
Prof. Patrizio Polisca, Cardiologist, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ and lecturer in bioethics at the Faculty of Medicine of the Catholic University of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Tirana, former personal physician of H.H. Pope Benedict XVI.(Italy)
Prof. Grzegorz Hołub : President of the Chair of Bioethics at the Pontifical University John Paul II in Krakow, responsible for the critical edition of Karol Wojtyła’s works (in the section : philosophical writings), carried out by the Institute of Intercultural Dialogue and Director of the Interdepartmental Institute of Bioethics at the UPJPII (Poland).
8:00h: Holy Mass
Prof. Mónica López Barahona, Holder of the Jerome Lejeune International Chair of Bioethics, Professor of Molecular Oncology and Bioethics, Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Madrid (Spain).
9.30-9.40h: Introductory remarks
S.E.R. Cardinal Matteo Maria ZUPPI, Archbishop of Bologna, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, (Italy)
Humanae Vitae as a bold and prophetic encyclical. Its relevance today .
Card. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (Vatican).
Anthropological foundations of sexuality and human love.
Prof. Michelle Schumacher, Theology teacher, Freiburg University, Switzerland.
10.30-11.00h: Coffee Break
Relevant moral and theological aspects of Humanae Vitae.
Prof. Pia de Solenni, Prof. Pia de Solenni, PhD in Moral Theology, Pontificia Università Santa Croce (PUSC), (United States).
Chastity in question. Humanae Vitae: sign and driving force of a well-ordered sexuality.
Prof. Oana Gotia, Professor of Moral Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, United States of America.
Mrs. Costanza Miriano, journalist and writer, RAI, Roma, Italy.
Maria Scicchitano and Angelo Trecca, Italian couple (Italy).
12.45-14.15h: Lunch Break
Difficulties and beauty of married love lived in the spirit of Humanae Vitae and openness to life. Testimonies of married couples.
Emanuela Sanna and Marcello Belleti, Italian couple (Italy).
José Alejandro Martínez and Ana Elena Hueda, Costa Rican couple (Costa Rica).
American couple (United States).
Pastoral experiences. Proposals to be developed.
Don Antonello Lappica, Priest of the Neocathechumenal way (Italy).
Dr. María Eugenia Huete Santiago, doctor, cofounder and director of the Centro de Orientación Familiar (COF), Getafe, Spain.
16.00-16.30h: Coffee Break
16.30-17.00h: Pedagogical lecture
What is contraception? Methods, aims and consequences.
Prof. Pilar Vigil Portales, obstetrician-gynecologist-surgeon, Professor at the Catholic University of Chile, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Director of the Reproductive Health Research Institute and President of Teen Star International, Santiago, Chile.
Humanae Vitae: from the medical and scientific point of view.
Prof. Mounir Farag, Founder & President of St Joseph Institute for the Family, Bioethics & Pro Vita – Egypt, Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Prof. of Bioethics , Oriental Institute – Guiza Egypt, Regional Adviser HSS & GHI , EMRO/ WHO/ UN ( former), Visiting Prof. Strategies & Health System & Bioethics, Senghor University for Francophony , Alexandria, General & Mini invasive Surgery and Gynacologist – Egypt
Prof. Vincenzo De Filippis, President of the European Federation of Catholic Doctors (FEAMC), Rome, Italy.
Dr. Jaime Siegrist Ridruejo, gynaecologist, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain.
Prof. Elena Postigo Solana, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics, Director of the Institute of Bioethics, Francisco de Vitoria University of Madrid, corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Madrid, Spain.
End of the first day.
Friday May 19, 2023 and Saturday May 20, 2023 (Ascension weekend)
Friday May 19, 2023: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday May 20, 2023: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The congress takes place at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Via Paolo VI, 25, Roma
(to the left of St. Peter’s Square, near the door of the Holy Office which gives access to the Vatican)
Prices and registration
Normal price: 20€
Not mandatory but highly recommended to help us cover the important costs
Reduced rate (student, priest, religious): Free
Attention: Book your date (and plan your plane ticket and accommodation because the Ascension weekend is very busy in Rome)!
World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, FIAMC
Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe, FAFCE, Brussels (Belgium)
Associations Familiales Catholiques, AFC, (France)
Instituto de bioética, Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Centro de estudios de la familia, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid (Spain)
Instituto de Bioética, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid (Spain)
Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid (Spain)
Catholic University of Australia (to be confirmed) (Australia)
Université Officielle de MbujiMayi, Kasaï Oriental (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Fundacja Jeden z Nas, Cracow (Poland)
Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, Paris (France)
Association des Amis du Pr. Jérôme Lejeune, Paris (France)
Institute for Families in Schoenstatt (United States)
MOVIMENTO PER LA VITA (Italy)
Nicholas Card. Cheong Graduate School for Life, The Catholic University of Korea (Korea)
Associazione scienza e vita (Italy)