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.

PAL-LIFE project dedicated to care for the dying

International Advisory Working Group on the Diffusion and Development of Palliative Care in the World.

Professor Daniel Serrao passed away at the age of 88

Professor Daniel Serrao, emeritus member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, passed away on January 8, 2017, at the age of 88. He was among the first members called by St. John Paul II in 1994 to form the Academy.

Mons. Paglia at the US Bishops' Workshop on Bioethics

Friday, February 6, the PAV President, Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, officially opened the 26th Workshop of American bishops on bioethics, organized every two years at the NCBC of Philadelphia, and entitled this year Healing Persons in a Wounded Culture.

In October, the next General Assembly

The General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life will be held from October 5 to 7, 2017, in Rome and will have the title: Accompanying Life. New responsibilities in the technological era.

Proceedings of the 2015 Seminar on Evangelium Vitae

Evangelium Vitae: The Encyclical Twenty Years Later is a collection of the Proceedings of the October 2015 Seminar held by the Pontifical Academy for Life to reflect on this very important papal document twenty years after its promulgation by St. John Paul II.

Pontifical Academy for Life is now on Twitter

With the Holy Father’s best wishes, the Pontifical Academy for Life is now on Twitter: @PontAcadLife

Dr. Yamanaka for the Stem Cell Research Congress

From 16 to 18 November 2016 the 3rd International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research entitled: "From Cells to Cell Products. Development of New Therapeutic Tools " was held in Padova (Italy).

The PAV and Responsible Stem Cell Research - Padua Congress

The Third International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research was held in Padua, Italy, on November 16-18, 2016.

Dr. Carvalho: Christian Understanding of Death

At a National Symposium held in October in India, jointly organized by the Justice and Peace Commission and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, Dr. Pascoal Carvalho presented an article on Christian understanding of Death and Suffering. 

New Statute for the Pontifical Academy for Life

The text of a new Statute governing the Pontifical Academy for Life was approved by Pope Francis on October 18 and was promulgated on November 4 by publication in L’Osservatore Romano.

Mons. Vincenzo Paglia New President of the PAV

We inform that on August 15th, 2016 the Holy Father has appointed as new President of the Pontifical Academy for Life H. E. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, former President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

New Design of the Journal "Medicina e Morale"

The Rector of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart has published a decree reorganizing and redefining the goals and structure of the international journal on Bioethics, "Medicina e Morale".

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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