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The Mission of the Church in the Era of Global Public Health

Time/Zeit: March 30 – April 1, 2022 / 30 de marzo – 1 de abril de 2022 / 30. März bis 1. April 2022
Place/Ort: virtual event/evento virtual/virtuelle Veranstaltung


“Global health challenges are complex and therefore require institutional partnerships for research and training.”  

(Winchester et al., 2016, 5.)

The “Institut für Weltkirche und Mission” (Institute for the Global Church and Mission) wants to encourage scholars from different academic disciplines to reflect on the role and mission of the Church in the context of the current global health challenges. From its beginnings, missionary activity has included care for the sick and work in the field of health care; therefore, one of our research focuses is « Mission and Health » within which this conference is organized.

Theological studies on bioethical and medical issues are generally oriented toward either classical bioethical topics or clinical ethics while the broader aspect of the health of the population(s) often remains neglected. Public and global health have not yet found a significant place in theological discourse. On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how interconnected people and nations are. It has become evident that national public health impacts global health and vice versa. This situation has inspired a lot of studies and conferences regarding the ethical, social and medical challenges of a global pandemic. Nevertheless, there is still a notable gap in the reflection on the role of the Catholic Church in both public and global health.

This conference wants to bring out some of the current health challenges in public and global health. By connecting experts from different fields of research and practice we hope to stimulate further reflection and exchange concerning the possibilities of Church engagement in this field.

The program will encompass broad area of health sciences and theology such as public and global health, moral theology, bioethics, health pastoral, missiology and social engagement of the Church.

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