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.
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.
In the Regina Coeli on Sunday, May 12, Pope Francis invited all to participate in the Evangelium Vitae Day (15-16 June).
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.
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.
Pontifical Academy Corresponding Member, Rev. Alberto Germán Bochatey, O.S.A., was nominated Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of La Plata (Argentina).
During the General Assembly of Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life (21-23 February 2013), 8 new Corresponding Members were introduced.
On April 10-13, 2013, The European Centre for Teaching and Research in Ethics organizes in Strasbourg (France) an International Symposium on Ethics Ethical challenges of disability.
On February 21-23, 2013, Pontifical Academy gathered in Vatican for new General Assembly. Several reflexions were offered, focusing on how the Christian message regarding human life needs to be put in practice in our times - in various different medical, social and curative circumstances.
On February 22nd, 2013, The Pontifical Academy for Life organized a Workshop, open to the public. Enclosed, you can find:
Workshop Abstract Book
After a short illness, Dr. Evelyn Billings (aged 95), world-renowned pioneer of natural fertility regulation and Member Emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, passed away.
Prof. José Miguel Serrano Ruiz-Calderón e Prof. Vicente Bellver Capella have been nominated members of the Spanish National Bioethics Committee.
His Holiness Benedict XVI created Cardinal H. Em. Rev. Msgr Willem Jacobus Eijk along with 21 new members of the College of Cardinals last February (2012). His Eminence is Archbishop of Utrecht (Netherlands) and Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.