Day 1
Registration and coffee
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia (Vatican City), Ms. Sultana Afdhal (Qatar),
Opening Session
Welcome and opening remarks
Event MC Luisa Baldini welcomes delegates to the two-day symposium. With opening remarks by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and Sultana Afdhal, Chief Executive Officer of the World Innovation Summit for Health.
Dr. Mohammed Ghaly (Qatar),
An Islamic Approach to Ethics and Palliative Care
Presentation of the key findings of the WISH 2018 report "Palliative Care and Islamic Ethics"
Dr. Mohammed Ghaly, Academic Director of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Qatar) and lead author of the WISH 2018 report on Palliative Care and Islamic Ethics, presents an overview of the practice of palliative care in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf region in comparison to the Western context.
This session aims to highlight the existing gaps in modern scholarship and investigate ways to tackle the ethical challenges, found at the intersection of palliative care and Islamic bioethics, through approaches and analytical tools rooted in Islamic tradition and formulated in a way that is accessible to international bioethical discourse.
10:30- 11:00
Prof. Carlos Centeno (Spain),
A Christian Approach to Ethics and Palliative Care
An exploration of palliative care from a Catholic perspective
Professor Carlos Centeno MD, specialist in palliative care from the Department of Palliative Medicine at the University of Navarra Clinic (Spain), presents Catholic perspectives on palliative care and outlines the Pontifical Academy for Life's work in this area.
Dr. Riccardo Di Segni (Italy),
A Jewish Approach to Ethics and Palliative Care
A look at palliative care from a Jewish perspective by the Chief Rabbi of Rome
Dr Riccardo Di Segni is both the Chief Rabbi of Rome and a medical doctor. Drawing on both his medical and religious expertise, he will explain how Judaism tackles ethical issues relating to palliative care.
Coffee and networking break
Professor Julian Hughes (UK),
A Medical Perspective on the Role of Religion in Medical Ethics
A presentation by Professor Julian Hughes is a member of the clinical advisory board of the Journal of Medical Ethics
Professor Julian Hughes, a member of the clinical advisory board of the Journal of Medical Ethics. He is a Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Bristol (UK) and a visiting professor at Newcastle University. He is the author of Thinking Through Dementia (Oxford University Press), holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Warwick and read medicine and surgery at the University of Bristol Medical School.
Prof. Mohammed Ghaly (Qatar), Prof. John McMillan (New Zealand), Prof. Carlos Centeno (Spain), Dr. Riccardo Di Segni (Italy),
Delegates’ questions answered
An opportunity for delegates to ask questions of the morning's speakers
Dr. Mohammed Ghaly: Academic Director, Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Qatar)
Prof. Carlos Centero MD: Palliative specialist, University of Navarra (Spain)
Prof. John McMillan: Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics and professor at the University of Otaga (New Zealand)
Dr. Riccardo Di Segni: Chief Rabbi of Rome (Italy)

Moderator: Luisa Baldini
Lunch and networking break
14:15- 15:25
Prof. Christina Puchalski (USA), Muhammad Ali (USA), Dr. Alessandro Stievano (Switzerland), Dr Nunziatina Comoretto (Italy),
Could an interfaith approach better highlight and promote the role of spirituality in the provision of palliative care?
Panel discussion
Rather than focus on differences, should effort be placed on commonalities across the three great monotheistic religions when looking to ensure that faith plays a role in providing palliative care that serves the mind, body and spirit?

Prof. Christina Puchalski, Director of the George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health (USA)
Muhammad Ali, Chaplain of New York Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell & Columbia University Medical Center (USA)
Dr. Alessandro Stievano, Associate Director of Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses (Switz...)
Dr Nunziatina Comoretto, Pontifical Academy for Life Scientific Section (Italy)
Moderator: Luisa Baldini
Dr. Franca Benini (Italy), Prof. Ibrahim Janahi (Qatar), Gianluca Fontana (UK),
Pediatric palliative care: unique challenges and approaches
Perspectives from Europe and the Middle East, exploring spiritual and cultural sensitivities around hospice care for children and young adults
Palliative care for children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses requires a holistic, integrated approach to care that embraces physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements. Such care involves unique approaches, given the primary role played by parents and family members in decision making, and the strain placed on families requiring specific emotional and spiritual support for the family and caregivers. This session will focus on the spiritual aspects of service provision and will present a unique case study from the GCC region and look at provision of pediatric palliative care in Italy.

Dr. Franca Benini, Head of the Veneto Regional Centre for Pain Management and Paediatric Palliative Care and Director of Padua Children's Hospice (Italy)
Prof. Ibrahim Janahi, Chair of Medical Education, Sidra Medicine (Qatar)
Gianluca Fontana Senior Policy Fellow and Director of Operations, Imperial College (UK)

Learnings of the day and wrap up
Master of Ceremonies Luisa Baldini presents an overview of the first day's proceedings and looks forward to the second day's sessions
Coffee and networking
Day 2
Welcome to Day 2: The Mental Health of the Elderly
A recap of the first day's discussions and an overview of the agenda for the second day of the symposium, with its focus on the mental health of the elderly by Luisa Baldini
Bishop Noël Simard (Canada),
Mental health and the wellbeing of older people
A presentation by The Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield, Québec, Canada
Studies have shown that there is great potential benefit for religion and spirituality to improve well-being and quality of life. This is of extreme importance since mental health and neurological disorders among older adults account for 6.6% of all disability (disability adjusted life years- DALYs). According to the WHO, approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and older suffer from a mental disorder. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges to improving the quality of life of elderly patients through religiously-informed mental health service provision from an interfaith perspective.
Prof. Ayman Shabana (Qatar),
The Mental Health of the Elderly from an Islamic Perspective
Looking at the role of Islam in the promotion of quality of life, Prof. Ayman Shabana, Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar discusses the importance of a spiritual element in mental health.
Prof. Ayman Shabana, Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar to discusses the importance of a spiritual element in mental health, with particular focus on Islamic tradition. The session will address how Islam can promote quality of life and help Muslims deal with some of the challenging mental health problems faced during old age.
Dr. Ferdinando Cancelli (Italy),
Safeguarding the mental health of elderly patients receiving palliative care
A presentation by medical doctor, author and Pontifical Academy for Life member Dr. Ferdinando Cancelli
Palliative care is an interdisciplinary type of care centered around a holistic approach to alleviate symptoms and offer psychosocial and spiritual support. This session will focus on the crucially important role of mental health services in improving the quality of life of elderly, and palliative care patients. (Followed by a Q&A with Dr. Cancelli)
Coffee and networking break
Prof. Marco Trabucchi (Italy), Paola Barbarino (UK), Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad (Qatar), Dr. Ghina Ismail (Lebanon,
Maintaining the bridge of love between people with dementia and their carers
Presentation and panel discussion
Prof. Marco Trabucchi from the Pontifical Academy for Life questions whether enough is done to ensure that the valuable bond between people with dementia and their carers is maintained and considers whether the role of spirituality and faith is too often overlooked.
Followed by a panel discussion.

Prof. Marco Trabucchi, Pontifical Academy for Life (Italy)
Paola Barbarino, CEO of Alzheimer's Disease International (UK)
Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad, Medical Director of Rumailah Hospital and the Qatar Rehabilitation Hospital (Qatar)
Dr. Ghina Ismail, Assistant Professor of Psychology, AUB (Lebanon)
Lunch and networking break
Prof. Paulina Taboada (Chile), Prof. Roberto Bernabei (Italy),
Challenges at the Intersection of Spirituality, Caregiving, and Medical Support for the Elderly
Christian and clinical perspectives in focus
An exploration by Prof. Paulina Taboada, Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago de Chile, of the Catholic viewpoint on euthanasia, advance directives, artificial hydration and nutrition and the use of opioids, and a look at the clinical viewpoint from Prof. Roberto Bernabei, Member of the Scientific Committee of Mater Olbia Hospital, Sardinia.
Prof. Diego De Leo (Australia), Prof. Mohammed Ghaly (Qatar), Ms. Mia Atoui (Lebanon), , ,
Suicide and life-threatening behavior amongst the elderly
Presentation and panel discussion: The role of religions in steering people away from the suicidal path
For over 100 years, the role of religion as a deterrent to suicidal behavior has been studied in various disciplines. Following a presentation by Prof. Diego De Leo, this session will provide an overview of the attitudes of Catholicism and Islam toward suicide and suicide prevention.

Prof. Diego De Leo, Editor Emeritus of 'Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention' (Australia)
Prof. Mohammed Ghaly, Academic Director, Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Qatar)
Ms. Mia Atoui, Founder of Embrace suicide hotline (Lebanon)

Moderator: Luisa Baldini
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Ms. Sultana Afdhal,
Final comments & take home messages
Event hosts Mons. Vincenzo Paglia and Ms. Sultana Afdhal provide their final remarks at the close of the symposium.
Farewell coffee and networking