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.
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).
The Holy Father at a recent meeting called for courage to go counter-culture in working for the defence of human life.
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.
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 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.
On September 20, in the Vatican Clementine Hall, Holy Father Francis addressed the Assembly of Catholic Gynaecologists, promoted by the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.
Mons. Jacques Simpore, rector of the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Burkina Faso and Corresponding member of the PAV has been nominated a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Burkina Faso.
We would like to thank every one who has participated in our communications survey. We are striving to offer new initiatives and reach out to more people who are affected by or interested in Bioethical issues. For that reason, we sincerely appreciate your help.
The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action.
The 2013 Summer Course in Bioethics organized by the School of Bioethics at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum will be held on July 2nd - July 12th.
Professor Adrian Bompiani, Emeritus Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, passed away on June 18th at the age of 90. One of the Original Members of the Academy for Life, Professor Bompiani was nominated on May 3rd, 1994.