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.

The Proceedings of the 2016 Assembly have been published

The volume “Virtues in the Ethics of Life” contains the Proceedings of the 22nd General Assembly of the PAV Members dedicated to the rediscovery of virtues in the ethics of life.

New members of the Academy

On July 25th 2017, the Governing Council of the Pontifical Academy for Life has appointed, for five years, the following Corresponding Members and the Young Researchers of the Academy.

Genetic Editing and Human Life

The first announcement of successful genetic editing (without unintended genetic mutations) on a human embryo by a team of scientists in Portland (Oregon) was recently published by the scientific Journal “Nature”.

The Academy’s New Board of Directors

On 11 July 2017, Pope Francis appointed, for a five-year term, the members of the Board of Directors of the Pontifical Academy of Life

More on the case of Charlie Gard


On the case of Charlie Gard, more members of the Academy have expressed their opinions.

You can sign-up now for the Workshop 2017


From October 5 to October 6, 2017, the Pontifical Academy for Life will host the Workshop, “Accompanying Life: New Responsibilities in the Technological Era,” to take place during the 23rd General Assembly of Members.

On the case of Charlie Gard

On the case of Charlie Gard, some members of the Academy have expressed their opinions.

General Assembly 2017


The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pontifical Academy for Life will be held in Rome from October 5th to the 7th.

The Case of Charlie Gard

The matter of the English baby Charlie Gard and his parents has meant both pain and hope for all of us.

Pope Francis appoints PAV Ordinary and Honorary Members

The Holy See has announced that on May 16, 2017, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed 45 Ordinary Members and 5 Honorary Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life.


First meeting PAL-LIFE

On March 31 and April 1, 2017, the first PAL-LIFE meeting was held in Rome, dedicated to the study of palliative care.

A Reality Check on Assisted Suicide in Oregon

Compassion & Choices: "Almost two decades of experience in Oregon shows us the law has worked as intended, with none of the problems opponents had predicted.” The evidence shows otherwise.

Recent Members' Books and Publications

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