"Health and Power" Conference Set at Vatican

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 13, 2001 (Zenit.org).- A “Health and Power” conference this week will cover topics ranging from the role of health in the world economy, to interreligious dialogue on the subject.

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The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers has organized the three-day conference, which starts Thursday, at the Vatican.

At a press conference today, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragán, president of the pontifical council, said the event will address questions such as the relation of power and health in today´s world, and the role of health in the world economy.

Scientists, doctors, theologians and philosophers will be on hand to analyze the questions.

Other issues to be studied are the media´s coverage of health; the influence of health professionals and agents in society; and the possibility of dialogue with non-Christian religions.

“Let us remember that in the Christian concept of power, three indispensable elements are intertwined, namely: strength, truth and love,” Archbishop Lozano Barragán said. “When strength is guided by truth and expressed in love, we then have authentic power.”

“Otherwise, we have harmful forces that destroy us,” he added. “Therefore, the fundamental question that this international conference will attempt to answer is: How is it possible to lead health forces toward truth and love?”

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