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.
From 16 to 18 November 2016 the 3rd International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research entitled: "From Cells to Cell Products. Development of New Therapeutic Tools " was held in Padova (Italy).
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.
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.
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".
The PAV 2015 General Assembly Proceedings (Assisting the Elderly and Palliative Care) have been recently published.
Please note two important contributions to the debate on clinical ethics consultation.
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.
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.
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.
On February 1st 2016, Prof. Salvatore Mancuso, Professor of gynecology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome and Emeritus Member of the Academy, was appointed to the level of Commander of the Order of St.Gregory the Great.