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.

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.

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.

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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