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The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae)

March 25, 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) by Pope St. John Paul II in 1995. The date of publication, of course, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, when Mary said her “Yes” to God, who then became an unborn child within her body.

A special prayer vigil for life was held in Rome on March 24th, the Vigil of the Annunciation, to commemorate this anniversary. The event was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, and Priests for Life participated and helped to promote it. Churches throughout the world were encouraged to hold vigils for life on the same evening, and to bring to the attention of their people the important message of the encyclical.  Priests for Life encourages churches who have not done this to choose a day in the Easter season and have a vigil for life in honor of the 20th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae.

Click here for information and photos of Fr. Frank Pavone's participation in this special prayer vigil.

Below you will find resources for the study and promotion of this document, including a study guide and prayer resources.

A message for our times

Priests for Life continues to rejoice in the gift which St. John Paul II has given to the Church in the encyclical letter, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). This document is the most comprehensive and authoritative statement of the Magisterium on the tragedies of abortion and euthanasia, and on the good news of the dignity of the human person.

Priests for Life was one of the very first associations in the Church to provide a commentary on this encyclical. It consists of two 45-minute talks given by Fr. Frank Pavone. Listen to it here: part 1: Listen and part 2: Listen.

Read the full text of the Gospel of Life

  Get your copy of a study guide for Evangelium Vitae written by the clergy and pastoral associates of Priests for Life On the 10th Anniversary of the Encyclical.

The Vatican's Summary of The Gospel of Life

We are the People of Life (Priests for Life Commentary on Evangelium Vitae)

Holy Father's Statement on the First Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae

Holy Father's Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae

Cardinal Lopez-Trujillo Comments on Fifth Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae

Fr. Frank Pavone's Reflection on the Fifth Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae

Documentation on the extraordinary Consistory of Cardinals (April 1991) which called for the Encyclical

Evangelium Vitae 73- The Catholic Lawmaker and the problem of a seriously unjust law

  In the Palm of His Hand prayer booklet makes a great resource for your March 24 prayer vigil.  See also and


Other statements of the Magisterium on Life

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