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.

Pope's address to Catholic Gynaecologists

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. Simpore member of Burkina Academy of Sciences

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.

Thank you for participation in the PAV survey!

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.

Fortnight for Freedom

The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action. 

Bioethics at the Crossroads of Faith, Reason and Science

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.

Prof. Adriano Bompiani passed away

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.

Changing of the Guard on the Directive Council

The Holy Father appointed Pontifical Academy for Life Member, Dr. Adriano Pessina, as a Member of the Directive Council.

Celebrating the Gospel of Life!

Pope Francis encouraged us to live the Gospel of Life actively during the Evangelium Vitae Celebration on June 16th, 2013. The Holy Father gave three simple points of meditation to help us “to receive and bear constant witness to The Gospel of Life”.

Pontifical Academy mourns the passing of Dr. Pellegrino

Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, Emeritus Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, 11th President of the Catholic University of America and senior scholar at Georgetown's Kennedy Institute of Bioethics passed away on June 13, 2013 at the age of 92.

Timing of monozygotic twinning: a critique

The Zygote journal has recently published "The timing of monozygotic twinning: a criticism of the common model", study written by Prof. Gonzalo Herranz, Member Emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Support the One of Us Campaign!

The ‘One of Us’ campaign is seeking to gain 1 million signatures as part of a European Citizen Initiative. If organizers of the campaign achieve their goal the European Parliament is duty-bound to schedule a debate on the issue.

Supporting and Caring for Persons with IDD

The 6th International Colloquium of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists, organized with the support of the Order of Malta, addresses the topic: “Supporting and caring for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities".

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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