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.

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.

In the footsteps of Lejeune: A meeting with the family

A short but important meeting at the PAV office, on 4 April, brought together Archbishop Paglia and the family of the late Professor Lejeune: his wife Birthe Bringsted and his son-in-law Jean-Marie Le Méné, Chairman of the Lejeune Foundation.

Characteristics of the PAL-LIFE project

The Project PAL-LIFE is part of the specific mission of the Pontifical Academy for Life—the promotion of human life in all its aspects and at every one of its stages.

Are you following us yet?

The Pontifical Academy for Life is now on Twitter: @PontAcadLife, with informations on our works and news on the main biohetics world events.

The weak force of religions at the service of the sick

On March 29 and 30, representatives from religions from all over the world gathered together to discuss for the first time palliative care for the elderly.


Recent Members' Books and Publications

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