The Common Good in the Digital Age

Bruno Marie Duffé

Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Secretary - Italy, Rome

Keynote speaker Session 1: The Common Good: Seeking Shared Values


Born in Lyon, Aug. 21, 1951, Msgr. Bruno Marie Duffé was ordained in his home archdiocese in 1981. He served as parish priest and, starting in 1982, taught moral theology and social doctrine of the Catholic Church at the Catholic University of Lyon and at the Jesuit cultural center “La Baume les Aix”.


He received his doctorate in philosophy and social ethics in 1996, later becoming professor of social ethics and healthcare in 2005 at the Leon Berard regional cancer center in Lyon. He was co-founderand director of the Institute of Human Rights at the Catholic University of Lyon from 1985 to 2004, and he played a major role in the creation of the UNESCO chair on the rights of minorities.


At the time of his appointment to the Vatican office, he held multiple positions in France: regional spiritual counselor for the association of Christian entrepreneurs and business leaders; national chaplain of the Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development – Terre Solidaire; member of the Justice and Peace Council – France; and director of the Catholic University of Lyon`s certificate program in pastoral assistance in the field of healthcare, which includes the formation of hospital chaplains and those in charge of pastoral programs.


He has authored numerous publications on moral theology, ethics and health care, and human rights. Because of his expertise, Msgr. Bruno Marie Duffé has been sent on a variety of international missions by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in collaboration with different NGOs like Caritas, Doctors Without Borders and Terre Des Hommes.


The Pope has named Msgr. Bruno Marie Duffé Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development of the Roman Curia on June 16, 2017.