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.

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...

Aging and Disability

The Pontifical Academy for Life thanks all its Members who participated in a successful 20th Plenary Assembly of Members and Workshop on "Aging and Disability" (20-21 February 2014).

Support the cause of canonization of Jérôme Lejeune

Since 2007, the Association The Friends of Jérôme Lejeune has been promoting his cause of canonization. Now you can support it making a small donation.  

XXIV Congress of the FIAMC

The World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations Congress will take place in Manila (Philippines) from October 1st to 4th, 2014.

Open Your Hearts for Life!

Short video produced by US Bishops' Conference presents Pope Francis greeting life as a gift of God.

New Publication of the Pontifical Academy for Life

The Pontifical Academy for Life has just published the proceedings of the XIX General Assembly and Workshop "Faith and Human Life", held on February 21-23, 2013 (Vatican City).

Pope Francis received the PAV Directive Council

The Holy Father at a recent meeting called for courage to go counter-culture in working for the defence of human life.

Appointment at the Italian National Bioethics Committee

Dr. Carlo Petrini, Corresponding Member of the Academy, was nominated as a Member of the Italian National Bioethics Committee (NBC) as representative of the President of the National Institute of Health (NIH) on September 27, 2013.

Prayer for Life by Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the protection of life and the family at the conclusion of the Prayer Vigil for the Unborn on November 27, 2010. The prayer, which was composed by Benedict XVI, asks God to bless families and to inspire society to embrace each and every life.


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Cardinal calls faithful to share pro-life message of mercy

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston and head of the US bishops' pro-life committee, called the faithful to share the Gospel message of mercy and sanctity of life.

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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