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Twenty years for life

· An international congress on the anniversary of the founding of the Pontifical Academy ·

“Twenty years of an institution like ours is the equivalent of twenty days of a person's life. This is to say that ours is a young organization. Nevertheless, it's road has been long and not always easy to follow, above all considering the rapid evolution of science and changes in mentality, impressive for the velocity with which they have been realized”. 

Now it is the moment to “move forward with courage, according to the indications and stimuli of Pope Francis”, Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, reflecting on the first twenty years of the organization, called for by John Paul II (11 February 1994) to sustain “with scientific and anthropological support the Church's commitment to foster human life”.

It is an enormous mission, the president stated to our newspaper, “which would be almost impossible to carry out without the assistance of scientists and researchers from different nations around the world who are working with us on whatever issue needs to be addressed”. What the Pontifical Academy is currently engaged in “is the challenge posed by the recent decision in Belgium for child euthanasia in cases of terminal illness. It's an absurd decision”, commented the president, “which only the powerful could back, but certainly not the wise. The reasons given, then, make no sense, especially, because science offers endless alternatives. We have the means to be able to confront any situation.”

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