In attendance at the Dicastery meeting were NACN-USA members: Marylee Meehan, RN, MA, NACN President (1996-1998), CICIAMS President Emeritus and Member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers (2011-2017); Dr. Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN, CICIAMS United Nations Representative; Maria Arvonio, BSN, MA(HCE), RN, Northeast Regional Director and Ellen Gianoli, BSN, PHN, RN, Pacific Regional Director.
XXXII International Conference, 16-18 November 2017Theme: Addressing Global Health Inequalities
Location: The Vatican in the New Synod Hall
Cost: No Cost
Organized by: The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Expected Results: This project, taken as a whole, represents a contribution of charity, ethics, pastoral care in health and the Church (involving a proposed solution) to addressing the subject of disparities and inequalities in the field of health in the world. The setting in motion and the pursuit of the objectives of study and dialogue between all the Catholic health-care institutions of the world will project the international community of pastoral care in health towards the world congress which will be held in the Vatican in November 2018. This is when the foundations and the central infrastructure will be established for the creation of the most important federative network of cooperation of Catholic health-care institutions.
Effective January 1, 2017, Pope Francis instituted the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development into which was merged the competences of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers. Within the Dicastery are:
* the Commission for Charity
* The Commission for Ecology
* The Commission for Health Care Workers
Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is the first prefect of the new dicastery. The new dicastery held an international conference on April 3-4, 2017. In attendance will be Marylee Meehan, RN, NACN-USA and CICIAMS Past President and previous member of the Pontifical Council of Healthcare Workers (Pastoral Care) and Geraldine McSweeney, President CICIAMS
>>>Instituting the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development>>>Read HERE
>>>Statutes of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development>>>Read HERE
—–Effective January 1, 2017 PCHCW (Pastoral Care) ceased—–
Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (Pastoral Care)
The World Autism Awareness Day
Message of the President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (for Health Pastoral Care) on the Occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day – 2 April 2016; From Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski:
Creators of Truth and Witnesses to Truth
>> November 19-21, 2015 – XXX International Conference, Vatican City. Theme: The Culture of “Salus” and Welcome at the Service of Man and the Planet. Program
>> November 20-22, 2014 – PCHCW Annual Conference, Vatican City. Theme: Autism
>> November 21-23, 2013 – PCHCW Annual Conference in Vatican City. Theme: The Elderly
>> June 14-15, 2013 – PCHCW, IV International Study Meeting, Vatican City, Theme: The Child as a Person and as a Patient: Therapeutic Approaches Compared. Attended by Marylee Meehan, NACN-USA Member and PCHCW Member appointed to the council by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The General Session addressed Pediatric Medicine Faced with Malaise and Disturbance in Children and the Suffering Child: Experiences Compared. There were 36 presenters from around the world with every continent represented.