Prof. Philip Salem’s Talk in Sydney “The Meaning of Suffering”

Prof. Philip Salem spoke at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Sydney.

By Marcelle Mansour OAM



Prof. Philip Salem spoke at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Sydney.

During his short visit to Sydney in Australia, The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand organized a seminar, held by Prof. Philip Salem on Friday the 2nd of March, 2018. at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Punchbowl, in the presence of the Primate, Archimandrite Basilios (Kodseie), Metropolitan of Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania Diocese, And a number of bishops and priests, government officials, professionals, physicals, media, and community representatives. 

The topic was about “The Meaning of Suffering “where Prof Salem spoke about the meaning of suffering and understanding pain through faith.  He talked about his experience in the research and the treatment of cancer and medicine, as well as religion, family values, ethics and the significant roles of technology in our present digital age and other related topics.  Prof Salem expressed his concern about future values such as love, nobility, compassion which computer cannot serve. He warned his audience about technology; in his own words” There is nothing better than simple values which serve humanity… we should use technology to our advantage and should not let technology rules us.”

Dr. Philip A. Salem is a physician, researcher, educator and international statesman in cancer medicine and he is a recipient of many awards from all over the world for his contributions to cancer research. In the last 15 years, he was selected annually in the editions of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. 

Prof Philip Salem was invited to Australia by the Council of Bishops and representatives of the Council of Eastern Churches in Australia and New Zealand where he was warmly welcomed by various community churches and organizations who all shared the celebration of the milestone  of his 50th work Anniversary in the field of oncology since joining the world of medicine and research.

The event presenter described Prof Philip Salem ashighly prestigious personality, hardworking, honest, humble, happy in doing his job and has a sense of humor.”

It was an honor and a privilege to attend this seminar, in particular, to listen to Prof Philip Salem’s brilliant talk that has enriched us all.