The cities of Lisbon and Fatima will host, on March 16 and 17, the Palliative Care Days / Portugal 2020, co-organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life, at a time when the discussion about the decriminalization of euthanasia is resumed.
In addition to the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Portuguese Episcopal Conference and the Association of Portuguese Catholic Doctors, with the support of the Portuguese Association of Palliative Care, are involved in organizing the conference.
The initiative, carried out under the PAL – LIFE project developed by the International Advisory Working Group on the Diffusion and Development of Palliative Care in the World, will be used to present the Portuguese version of the Palliative Care White Paper.
According to a note released today by the organization of the days, the works in Lisbon, on March 16, will take place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with an eminently scientific nature.
The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vincenzo Paglia, will be at the opening of the meeting, while closing will be separated by a message from Pope Francis and an intervention by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo Sousa.
The following day, the work will take place in Fatima, being addressed to pastoral workers, with awareness and information on the culture and practice of palliative care.
At the end of the work, in the Chapel of the Apparitions, the bishop of Leiria-Fatima, Cardinal Antonio Marto, together with other prelates, will consecrate the cause of palliative care to Our Lady of Fatima.
According to the organization, the initiative aims to “contribute to the awareness of Portuguese society in general and health professionals and the Church in particular to the relevance and urgency of palliative care to be made more accessible to the thousands of Portuguese in need as care. interdisciplinary health and human rights “.
The White Paper on Palliative Care for Global Palliative Care “is a statement that sets out a set of objective recommendations to the various stakeholders and stakeholders involved in the development of Palliative Care worldwide, such as policymakers, universities, pharmacists, professional associations and societies, media, international organizations, hospitals and health centers, patients and families, among other groups and people “, adds the note of the organization of the days.