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O'Malley Chair, Dr. Roberto Dell'Oro Appointed as Ordinary Member of Pontifical Academy for Life

Dr. Roberto Dell'Oro Meeting Pope Franics

      Professor Roberto Dell'Oro had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis during the first two weeks of February in Vatican City. First appointed as an Ordinary Member on September 6, 2022, Professor Dell'Oro met with the Academy and Pope Francis during the General Assembly on February 20th. The Pontifical Academy for Life comprises scholars from around the world and studies issues relating to Catholic moral  theology, bioethics, and emerging technologies. The Academy was founded in 1994 by Pope Saint John Paul II with the objective of "defending and promoting the value of human life and the dignity of the person." There are four types of membership in the Academy--Young Researcher, Corresponding Member, Honorary Member, and Ordinary Member. At any one time, there may be up to 70 Ordinary Members, and they are appointed to five year terms. Professor Dell'Oro previously served as a Corresponding Member. The visit, according to Professor Dell'Oro, was "the experience of a lifetime."

Dr. Roberto Dell'Oro and group talking with Pope Franics around a table.
Group photo with Dr. Roberto Dell'Oro and Pope Francis

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