On February 11, 1994,
with his Motu Proprio
John Paul II established
the Pontifical Academy for Life.
The specific tasks
of the Academy are:
Study questions and issues connected with the promotion and defence of human life from an interdisciplinary perspective;
Foster a culture of life through suitable initiatives and always in full respect of the Magisterium of the Church;
Inform the authorities of the Church, the mass media and the civil community in general about the most relevant results of its study and research activities.
After Prof. Jérôme Lejeune
passed away in April 1994,
the Academy was led by
Prof. Juan Vial Correa (until 2004),
Mons. Elio Sgreccia (until 2008),
Mons. Rino Fisichella (until 2010),
Mons. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula.
There are ordinary members appointed by the Pope and corresponding members chosen by the Governing council. All of them have expertise in different fields of biomedical sciences and related disciplines.
These Regulations of the Pontifical Academy for Life were approved by the Cardinal Secretary of State on December 18, 2006 in order to more effectively implement the Statutes of the Pontifical Academy for Life. These Regulations, in addition to the table laying out the structure and the list of duties of the staff of the Central Office, also contain necessary provisions that supplement the Statutes and relate to the structure, the activities and the management of the funds and income of the Academy.