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[Comment] The Vatican–Mario Negri–Lancet Commission on the value of life

When, in April, 2017, the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research and The Lancet invited international experts from diverse intellectual backgrounds to a meeting in Rome hosted by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, it was to discuss nothing less than the Future of Humanity through the Lens of Medical Science.1 The declared purpose of this ambitious conference was to contribute to healing the schism between science and religion, and to explore the ways in which these two intellectual powers could find solutions to the unprecedented emergencies that humanity faces.