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.

Contributions to the Clinical Ethics Consultation Debate

Please note two important contributions to the debate on clinical ethics consultation.

Holy Father to the XXII. PAV General Assembly Participants

On March 3, 2016, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the participants of the XXII. General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

ONE OF US Forum and European Award

March 12, 2016, in Paris, during a Forum, the European federation will again present the 2nd phase of the initiative, which will be addressed - at a high level - the issues of protecting the right to life with particular reference to surrogacy and euthanasia.

Virtues in the Ethics of Life Workshop

On Friday, March 4th 2016, the Pontifical Academy of Life organized workshop "Virtues in the Ethics of Life": as usual, it took place in the Vatican.

Prof. Mancuso Commander of the St. Gregory Order

On February 1st 2016, Prof. Salvatore Mancuso, Professor of gynecology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome and Emeritus Member of the Academy, was appointed to the level of Commander of the Order of St.Gregory the Great.

Responsible Stem Cell Research Congress

The Pontifical Academy for Life is proud to sponsor the 3rd International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research (RSCR) in Padua, on 16-18 ​​November 2016 on “From Cells to Cell Products. Development of New Therapeutic Tools”.

PAV Chancellor named "Chaplain of His Holiness"

On January 15, 2016, the Holy Father named the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for life, Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, "Chaplain of His Holiness."

Prof. Bellieni National Vice President of Scienza e Vita

The Executive Council of the Association "Scienza e Vita" has appointed Prof. Carlo Bellieni, Corresponding Member of the PAV, as national Vice President of the Association.

Success of the Portugese Pro-life Federation

Using the instrument of Law Initiative of Citizens, the Portugese Pro-life Federation managed to achieve important changes in the abortion law of Portugal.

Pontifical Academy mourns the passing of Prof. Vieira

Ordinary Member, Professor Humberto Leal Vieira passed away on the 22nd of September 2015.

20th Anniversary Evangelium Vitae Seminar

The Pontifical Academy for Life thanks the Speakers and Participants of the Study Seminar celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae.

Mons. Carrasco confirmed as President of the PAV

Pope Francis on June 30th confirmed Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula as President of the Pontifical Academy for Life "until further provision is made" ("donec aliter provideatur").

Recent Members' Books and Publications