I was very grateful to be asked to attend a medical conference in Rome at the beautiful convent Instituto Maria SS Bambina overlooking St Peter’s Square at the beginning of September this year. I found this conference very important as I learnt so much from other doctors, nurses, theologians, religious and philosophers from around the world.
The conference was entitled: “Maternal Health Care and the Catholic Conscience.” It was organised by MaterCare International. This organisation was started by Canadian obstetrician and gynaecologist Professor Robert Walley, at the instigation of St John Paul II in 1995, to care for mothers and their children before and after birth, in accordance with his encyclical Evangelium Vitae. MaterCare has since set up six hospitals in disadvantaged countries under his auspices. The conference was attended by over 60 doctors from 20 different nations including Europe, Africa, North and South America, India, Australia and New Zealand. At the commencement of the conference we were addressed via video link by Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney. [...]
The hope is that although small in number, Catholic doctors and nurses have done heroic things and maintain a positive outlook.