Tomasz Trafny

Tomasz Trafny

Foundations Executive Director at Science and Faith in Dialogue

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Head of the Science and Faith Department  - Pontifical Council for Culture


Member  - Vatican’s Council for Culture

Member of the Council for Culture  - Vatican Partnership

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Tomasz Trafny
Born in Darowo (Poland) in 1970, Father Tomasz Trafny completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the Catholic University of Lublin.

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"The question for us is how to offer a coherent vision of society, culture and the human being to people who would like to understand where to put these dimensions the spiritual and religious and the scientific," the Science and Faith Foundations executive director, Father Tomasz Trafny, said when the Vatican announced the new project to focus on "the possibility of being believers at the dawn of the Third Millennium without renouncing scientific progress.
This is an important step," he continued, "because we are moving from being a simple project to merge learning between the pontifical universities in Rome to being a new entity recognized by the Holy Father as a reference point for all dialogue involving science and faith."

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Participating in today's presentation were Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Fr. Tomasz Trafny, director of the Science and Faith Department of the same pontifical council, and Robin L. Smith, chairwoman and CEO of NeoStem Inc., U.S.A.
Fr. Trafny explained why his dicastery is participating in an initiative on adult stem cells, why it is collaborating with the biopharmaceutical company NeoStem and what projects have emerged from such collaboration. "For some time", he said, "the Pontifical Council for Culture has been working to promote serious dialogue between the natural sciences and the humanities, especially philosophy and theology. One example of this is the STOQ Project (Science Theology and the Ontological Quest)". "However", he went on, "our interest in this field of research is circumscribed. It aims to explore the cultural impact of adult stem cell research and of regenerative medicine in the medium and long term". The pontifical council's collaboration with NeoStem arises from "the fact that we share the same sensitivity towards those ethical values that are centred on the protection of human life at all stages of its existence", said Fr. Trafny, noting that the two institutions also share "an interest in studying the possible cultural impact of scientific discoveries arising from research on adult stem cells, and their application in the field of regenerative medicine". "As concerns possible future projects", he concluded, "we wish to help students of Pontifical Universities and other Catholic educational institutions to investigate issues linked to the relationships between the natural sciences and the humanities, in a possible framework for interdisciplinary research".

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