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.

Pope Francis appoints PAV Ordinary and Honorary Members

The Holy See has announced that on May 16, 2017, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed 45 Ordinary Members and 5 Honorary Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

First meeting PAL-LIFE

On March 31 and April 1, 2017, the first PAL-LIFE meeting was held in Rome, dedicated to the study of palliative care.

A Reality Check on Assisted Suicide in Oregon

Compassion & Choices: "Almost two decades of experience in Oregon shows us the law has worked as intended, with none of the problems opponents had predicted.” The evidence shows otherwise.

In the footsteps of Lejeune: A meeting with the family

A short but important meeting at the PAV office, on 4 April, brought together Archbishop Paglia and the family of the late Professor Lejeune: his wife Birthe Bringsted and his son-in-law Jean-Marie Le Méné, Chairman of the Lejeune Foundation.

Characteristics of the PAL-LIFE project

The Project PAL-LIFE is part of the specific mission of the Pontifical Academy for Life—the promotion of human life in all its aspects and at every one of its stages.

Are you following us yet?

The Pontifical Academy for Life is now on Twitter: @PontAcadLife, with informations on our works and news on the main biohetics world events.

The weak force of religions at the service of the sick

On March 29 and 30, representatives from religions from all over the world gathered together to discuss for the first time palliative care for the elderly.

PAL-LIFE project dedicated to care for the dying

International Advisory Working Group on the Diffusion and Development of Palliative Care in the World.

Professor Daniel Serrao passed away at the age of 88

Professor Daniel Serrao, emeritus member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, passed away on January 8, 2017, at the age of 88. He was among the first members called by St. John Paul II in 1994 to form the Academy.

Mons. Paglia at the US Bishops' Workshop on Bioethics

Friday, February 6, the PAV President, Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, officially opened the 26th Workshop of American bishops on bioethics, organized every two years at the NCBC of Philadelphia, and entitled this year Healing Persons in a Wounded Culture.

In October, the next General Assembly

The General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life will be held from October 5 to 7, 2017, in Rome and will have the title: Accompanying Life. New responsibilities in the technological era.

Proceedings of the 2015 Seminar on Evangelium Vitae

Evangelium Vitae: The Encyclical Twenty Years Later is a collection of the Proceedings of the October 2015 Seminar held by the Pontifical Academy for Life to reflect on this very important papal document twenty years after its promulgation by St. John Paul II.

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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