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.

20th Anniversary Video

In 2014, the Pontifical Academy for Life has celebrated 20 years from its foundation by pope st. John Paul II. In this special occasion, a commemorative video was made in collaboration with the Catholic News Agency. You can watch it here.

Msgr. Fisher named archbishop of Sydney

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Anthony Colin Fisher, Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney (Australia).

Encouraging news from Asia

Please read the following “Highlights of the Philippine Supreme Court Decision on the RH Law”.

New Councilor of Commission for Assisted Reproduction

Prof. Miguel Serrano Ruiz-Calderon, Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, was appointed as Councilor of the Spanish National Commissionfor Assisted Reproduction.

PAV pilgrimage to Mentorella

The Pontifical Academy for Life went on pilgrimage to the Marian Sanctuary of La Mentorella. 

Professor Peter Hach passed away

The Pontifical Academy for Life has just received the sad news of the passing away of one of it’s original Members, the Professor Petr Hach (Czech Republic) on May 24th, 2014.

What is Bioethics?

The Lejeune Foundation has put together a remarkable guide for students and all people of good will looking to learn more about Bioethics.

XX. General Assembly Conclusive Declaration

At the conclusion of the Workshop and workgroups on Aging and Disabilityheld on the occasion of the 20th Plenary Assembly of Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life (19-22 February 2014), we wish to present the following reflections.

Dear Future Mom!

"I'm expecting a baby!" What would you say to a mother facing the fear of giving birth to a child with Down Syndrome? The following amazing letter, written from the hearts of 15 international children, will surely change your life!

Euthanasia is Homicide

The President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, His Excellency Bishop Carrasco de Paula, affirms that the approval of child euthanasia shows that a tolerance to whatever kind of voluntary homicide sets into motion an incontrollable moral downfall. 

New Corresponding Members - 2014

The Pontifical Academy for Life welcomes 7 new Corresponding Members during the 20th General Assembly of Members (19-22 February 2014)!

Message of the Holy Father

His Holiness, Pope Francis, addressed the participants of the Plenary Assembly of Members on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Pontifical Academy for Life...

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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