Archbishop Richard Smith will be among the experts from medical, ethical and pastoral fields attending. The goal is to educate and build a culture of social responsibility in palliative care by defining specific strategies. Those results will inform the Hope & Dignity initiative, and will be shared throughout the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Watch: Calgary Bishop William McGrattan, president of the CCCB, shares the vital role of faith-based organizations and communities in promoting human dignity, compassion, and respect for patients and families through illness end-of-life care

Similarly, Bishop Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield QC, and Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life , shares similar thoughts in French.