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.
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The Holy Father appointed Pontifical Academy for Life Member, Dr. Adriano Pessina, as a Member of the Directive Council.
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.
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.
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.
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".
A day of prayer and reflection on Evangelium Vitae, dedicated to the Gospel of Life for the New Evangelization.
15-16 June 2013
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).