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Pontifical Academy for Life: Pope Makes Changes in Government Council and Appoints New Members

(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 16.10.2022).- On Saturday, October 15, the Holy See Press Office announced changes in the Pontifical Academy for Life, an organization that in recent years has been embroiled in controversies related to pronouncements outside the tradition of the Pontifical Academy itself, initially through its social networks and later also through its publications. 

Specifically, the Holy Father made changes in the Government Council and also appointed Ordinary Members, namely:

New Members of the Government Council of the Pontifical Academy for Life

Pope Francis appointed as members of the Government Council of the Pontifical Academy for Life the following: Monsignor Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield, Canada; Monsignor Philippe Bordeyne, Dean of the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family; Pietro Annigoni, Rector of the Saint Thomas Aquinas University and Director of the Biomolecular Research Center of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Margarita Bofarull Buñuel, R.S.C.J., Professor of Moral Theology at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University of Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador, and Laura Palazzani, Professor of Philosophy of Law at the Maria Santissima Assunta Free University of Rome, Italy. 

Ordinary Members for the Pontifical Academy for Life

The Pontiff appointed the following as Ordinary Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life: Monsignor Carlos Gustavo Castillo Mattasoglio; Father Humberto Miguel Yáñez Molina, S.J.; Carlos Centeno Cortés; Roberto Dell’Oro; Federico de Montalvo Jääskeläinen; Paolo de Tarso Ramos Ribeiro; Mariana Mazzucato; Saad Al-Din Mosaad Helaly; John N. Nkengasong; Jean Marie Okwo-Bele; Stephan Werner Sahm; Martha Margarita Luz Tarasco Michel; Sheila Dinotshe Tlou and Krzysztof Wiak. 

With these appointments, some Corresponding Academics become Ordinaries (Father Miguel Yáñez Molina, S.J., Argentina; Professor Carlos Centeno Cortés, Spain; Professor Roberto Dell’Oro, United States; Professor Paulo de Tarso Ramos Ribeiro, Brazil; Professor Stephan Werner Sahm, Germany; Professor Martha Margarita Luz Tarasco, Mexico; Professor Krzysztof Wiak, Poland and other Ordinaries are of “new appointment”: Monsignor Carlos Gustavo Castillo Mattasoglio, Peru; Professor Federico De Montalvo Jääskeläinen, Spain; Professor Mariana Mazzucato, United States; Professor Saad Al-Din Mosaad Helaly, Egypt; Professor John N. Nkengasong, Cameroon; Professor Jean Marie Okwo-Bele, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Professor Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, Botswana.  

Forthcoming Events at the Pontifical Academy for Life

“Emerging Technologies for the Common Good,” is a relevant topic for that inescapable ethical reflection in face of a world that is changing profoundly over these years, and in which a reflection is more necessary than ever, which is capable of speaking to women and men in search of meaning and hope for their lives. In this connection, the Pontifical Academy values positively the arrival of people from different ambits: women and men with experience in various disciplines and of different contexts, for a constant and fruitful inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.

The updated list of the current configuration of the Pontifical Academy for Life after these appointments can be consulted at: https://www.academyforlife.va/content/pav/en/the-academics/our-academicians.html