THE DONATION OF CONSTANTINE (From Zeumer’s edition of the text, published in Berlin in 1888, V. Brunner-Zeumer: “Die Constantinische Schenkungsurkunde.”) Note: The below Document is a forged document in the name of Constantine Production Date: 800-900 CE Donatio Constantini (Latin) In the name of the holy and indivisible Trinity, the Father, namely, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The […]

Vatican City State Fundamental Law of Vatican City State 26 November 2000 ENFORCED: 22 February 2001 Pope John Paul II After taking into account the need to give a systematic and organic form to the changes introduced in successive phases in the juridical structure of Vatican City State and wishing to make it correspond always better to the institutional purposes […]


In the name of God and of everything stated thus far; Al-Azhar al-Sharif and the Muslims of the East and West, together with the Catholic Church and the Catholics of the East and West, declare the adoption of a culture of dialogue as the path; mutual cooperation as the code of conduct; reciprocal understanding as the method and standard.

To respect the dignity of man consequently amounts to safeguarding this identity of the man ‘corpore et anima unus’, as the Second Vatican Council says (Gaudium et Spes, 14, par.1). It is on the basis of this anthropological vision that one is to find the fundamental criteria for decision-making in the case of procedures which are not strictly therapeutic, as, for example, those aimed at the improvement of the human biological condition

In presenting principles and moral evaluations regarding biomedical research on human life, the Catholic Church draws upon the light both of reason and of faith and seeks to set forth an integral vision of man and his vocation, capable of incorporating everything that is good in human activity, as well as in various cultural and religious traditions which not infrequently demonstrate a great reverence for life.

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