From Francis to Fauci, Vatican conference draws mixed voices on COVID

  Addressing vaccine hesitancy, Fauci said doubters should be encouraged to get vaccines from people they trust.  “You’ve got to match the messenger with the audience,” he said.  
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Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla chimed in to discuss production of their respective companies’ COVID vaccines. During Friday’s “Bridging Science and Faith” sessions, participants discussed topics including whether love is finite or infinite, and the neuroscience of empathy and compassion.   

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The conference is set to run through Saturday, when Pope Francis will deliver public remarks, and hold a private audience with the speakers. From Francis to Fauci, Vatican health conference focuses an eclectic mix of voices on COVID

By Anna Matranga

May 7, 2021 / 11:28 AM
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Rome — A Vatican-hosted conference focused on COVID-19 is drawing an almost surreal line-up of virtual guests. officials combat COVID vaccine hesitancy

U.S. “When you go into the trenches and you have someone who’s a deeply religious person who will listen to their clergy, that’s different than me with a suit, going into an area, telling people to do something.”

Dr. Organizers say the coronavirus pandemic has given the conference even greater relevance. The idea behind the gathering is to foster an open dialogue among a large group of people from all disciplines to share insights about health, humanity, and the future of medicine. 

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In other sessions, rock-star Perry and a brain scientist discussed creativity and the brain, while Crawford said she believed balance in all areas of life contributed to good health. Dr. Anthony Fauci, supermodel Cindy Crawford and Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry among the cadre of doctors, scientists, faith leaders, CEOs and philanthropists joining the 3-day virtual conference, a diversity of viewpoints, at least, seemed assured.The Vatican Conference — organized by the Vatican’s culture ministry in conjunction with the Cura Foundation — also aims to explore how religion and spirituality contribute to health and well-being, with representatives of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths discussing topics including “Religion and the Pandemic” and “Religious Dietary Practices and Health.”

An image from the Vatican Conference 2021 website. Fauci, President Biden’s top medical advisor, opened the meeting on Thursday, calling the coronavirus “a wily opponent” for its ability to mutate and challenge humanity with new variants. officials combat COVID vaccine hesitancy… Originally scheduled as an in-person event for May 2020, the meeting was first postponed and then moved online. First published on May 7, 2021 / 11:28 AM