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.

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".

Evangelium Vitae Medal to Sisters for Life

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan and her religious community, the Sisters of Life, received the 2013 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal at a banquet at the University of Notre Dame April 3.

The Year of Faith Celebrates the Gospel of Life

A day of prayer and reflection on Evangelium Vitae, dedicated to the Gospel of Life for the New Evangelization.

15-16 June 2013

International Congress on Bioethics in Cuba

On May 16th - 18th 2013, the 1st International Congress on Bioethics organised by the Juan Pablo II Center took place in Havana, Cuba - with participation of several Pontifical Academy for Life members.

Pope Francis invites to the Evangelium Vitae Day

In the Regina Coeli on Sunday, May 12, Pope Francis invited all to participate in the Evangelium Vitae Day (15-16 June).

Human Stem Cells Cloning

Media reports on creation of embryonic stem cells through cloning arouse new attention. Researchers led by prof. Mitalipov claim their goal is only therapeutic. Father Tad Pacholczyk offers concise explanation of involved ethical issues.

Habemus Papam!

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., has been elected as Supreme Pontiff, the 265th successor of Peter, and has chosen the name Francis. He is the first Latin American Pope, the first Jesuit Pope, and the first “Francis” in the pontificate.

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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