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.

Prof. Mancuso Commander of the St. Gregory Order

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.

Responsible Stem Cell Research Congress

The Pontifical Academy for Life is proud to sponsor the 3rd International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research (RSCR) in Padua, on 16-18 ​​November 2016 on “From Cells to Cell Products. Development of New Therapeutic Tools”.

PAV Chancellor named "Chaplain of His Holiness"

On January 15, 2016, the Holy Father named the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for life, Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, "Chaplain of His Holiness."

Prof. Bellieni National Vice President of Scienza e Vita

The Executive Council of the Association "Scienza e Vita" has appointed Prof. Carlo Bellieni, Corresponding Member of the PAV, as national Vice President of the Association.

Success of the Portugese Pro-life Federation

Using the instrument of Law Initiative of Citizens, the Portugese Pro-life Federation managed to achieve important changes in the abortion law of Portugal.

Pontifical Academy mourns the passing of Prof. Vieira

Ordinary Member, Professor Humberto Leal Vieira passed away on the 22nd of September 2015.

20th Anniversary Evangelium Vitae Seminar

The Pontifical Academy for Life thanks the Speakers and Participants of the Study Seminar celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae.

Mons. Carrasco confirmed as President of the PAV

Pope Francis on June 30th confirmed Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula as President of the Pontifical Academy for Life "until further provision is made" ("donec aliter provideatur").

Lancet Commission Report

On April 27th and 28th at the London headquarters of the Royal Society of Medicine, the first official report of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was presented.

E-Hospice on PAV workshop

e-hospice offers an article on the Holy Father's words relating to the 2015 PAV workshop on Ageing and Palliative Care.

Twenty years after Evangelium Vitae

On the occasion of the recent 20th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II's Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, the Pontifical Academy for Life is organizing a day of study entitled: “Twenty years after Evangelium Vitae”

Commentary on Ageing and Disability Publication

The “Observatorio de Bioética” from the Universidad Catolica de Valencia has published a great article in Spanish on our latest publication on “Ageing and Disability”.

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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