Vatican City, 10 December 2020 - The Board of Directors of the Pontifical Academy for Life has appointed three new Academicians in the category of Corresponding Members.
The three new Academicians are:
- Mrs. M. Therese Lysaught, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Stritch School of Medicine; Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago.
- Sister Veronica Rop, Moral Theologian and Ethicist - Kwetu Home of Peace - Street Boys’ Rehabilitation Centre - Archdiocese of Nairobi.
- Mr. Leonardo Palombi, Professor of Igiene, Epidemiologia e Sanità Pubblica (SSD MED 42) presso la Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia dell’Università “Tor Vergata” di Roma and Editor in Chief of the international review “Biomedicine & Prevention”.
With these appointments the Academicians become 163 overall: 45 Ordinary Members, 1 Honorary Member, 100 Corresponding Members, 17 Young Researchers.
The appointment of Ordinary and Honorary Members is a prerogative of the Pope; the Board of Directors of the Pontifical Academy for Life is responsible for the appointment of the Corresponding Members and the Young Academicians, for a period of five years, renewable two more times (art. 5 of the Statute).
«To increase the number of Academicians, to qualify ever more and better the work we are called to carry out - notes Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life - takes the same line as Pope Francis: a renewal in the dual logic of enlargement and deepening. Of course what’s new about it is not a change of topic: evangelical wisdom on the immense gift of human life must continue to deeply inspire our commitment, to illuminate all aspects of human experience and the culture of life. But the Good News of the Gospel about human life is meant to be a source of inspiration and a theme for cultural, political and social dialogue, also and above all with those who do not feel exactly the same way we do but, like us, have at heart life and human society».
Vatican City, 10 December 2020
(Original text: Italian - Translated by Leonardo Stefanucci; revised by Fabrizio Mastrofini)