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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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.
A day of prayer and reflection on Evangelium Vitae, dedicated to the Gospel of Life for the New Evangelization.
15-16 June 2013
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.