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.
Please note two important contributions to the debate on clinical ethics consultation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
On January 15, 2016, the Holy Father named the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for life, Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, "Chaplain of His Holiness."
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.
Using the instrument of Law Initiative of Citizens, the Portugese Pro-life Federation managed to achieve important changes in the abortion law of Portugal.
Ordinary Member, Professor Humberto Leal Vieira passed away on the 22nd of September 2015.
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").