Business Insider, by Sinéad Baker: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Pope Francis, and the lead guitarist for Aerosmith are taking part in a three-day Vatican conference on COVID-19 and global heath.
The CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, Chelsea Clinton, model Cindy Crawford, and soprano Renee Fleming, are also taking part, the Associated Press reported.
The event, which started on Thursday and runs until Saturday, was originally scheduled for May 2020 and was first planned before the coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed the world, the AP reported.
But the organizers said that the pandemic had made its themes more relevant as people pay more attention to healthcare around the world and medical technology, according to the AP.
The event is themed around global-health threats, including the coronavirus, and what roles science and spirituality can play in helping fight them.
In recorded remarks released on Thursday, Fauci told the conference that people will be more likely to follow health advice if it comes from someone they trust.
He said, according to the AP: “You have someone who’s a deeply religious person who will listen to their clergy. That’s different than me with a suit going into an area telling people to do something.”
The event ends on Saturday with a virtual audience with Pope Francis.
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:1-4.