Dialogues in Cathedral focus on issue of when life ends

Vatican City, April 18, 2009 - On Monday 20 April, the series of discussions known as the "Dialogues in the Cathedral" will resume in the Roman basilica of St. John Lateran. On this occasion the reflections will focus on the question: "When does life end?"

The event will be presented by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, prefect emeritus of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, His Holiness' vicar general for the diocese of Rome and archpriest of the basilica of St. John Lateran.

Participating in Monday's meeting, which is due to begin at 7.30 p.m., will be Professor Maria Luisa Di Pietro, an expert on bioethics and co-president of the Science and Life Foundation, and Professor Francesco D'Agostino, a jurist and president of the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists. The meeting will be moderated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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