Pontifical Academy for Life

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What is the P.A.V.

The Pontifical Academy for Life, founded by Pope John Paul II, exists for the promotion and defense of human life, especially regarding bioethics as it regards Christian morality. Its statute was defined by the motu proprio Vitae Mysterium of Pope John Paul II on 11 February 1994.

The PAV and Responsible Stem Cell Research - Padua Congress

The Third International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research was held in Padua, Italy, on November 16-18, 2016.

Postponement of the Workshop 2017

On account of the publication of the new statute and because of various organizational reasons, the PAV has decided to postpone the Workshop, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd, 2017.

Dr. Carvalho: Christian Understanding of Death

At a National Symposium held in October in India, jointly organized by the Justice and Peace Commission and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, Dr. Pascoal Carvalho presented an article on Christian understanding of Death and Suffering. 

New Statute for the Pontifical Academy for Life

The text of a new Statute governing the Pontifical Academy for Life was approved by Pope Francis on October 18 and was promulgated on November 4 by publication in L’Osservatore Romano.

Technology and Human Generation. 30 Years after Donum Vitae

The Workshop "Technology and Human Generation. 30 Years after Donum Vitae", will be held on March 2, 2017 at the New Synod Hall in the Vatican City.

Mons. Vincenzo Paglia New President of the PAV

We inform that on August 15th, 2016 the Holy Father has appointed as new President of the Pontifical Academy for Life H. E. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, former President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

New Design of the Journal "Medicina e Morale"

The Rector of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart has published a decree reorganizing and redefining the goals and structure of the international journal on Bioethics, "Medicina e Morale".

Proceedings of the General Assembly 2015

The PAV 2015 General Assembly Proceedings (Assisting the Elderly and Palliative Care) have been recently published.

Contributions to the Clinical Ethics Consultation Debate

Please note two important contributions to the debate on clinical ethics consultation.

Holy Father to the XXII. PAV General Assembly Participants

On March 3, 2016, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the participants of the XXII. General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

ONE OF US Forum and European Award

March 12, 2016, in Paris, during a Forum, the European federation will again present the 2nd phase of the initiative, which will be addressed - at a high level - the issues of protecting the right to life with particular reference to surrogacy and euthanasia.

Virtues in the Ethics of Life Workshop

On Friday, March 4th 2016, the Pontifical Academy of Life organized workshop "Virtues in the Ethics of Life": as usual, it took place in the Vatican.

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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