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Cardinal Sgreccia served in various capacities at the Pontifical Council for the Family and as the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life from until his retirement in The late Cardinal, he said, advanced its inherent dignity through study, formation, and evangelization.

Funeral services will be held in St. Cardinal Re will celebrate the liturgy, and Pope Francis will preside over the Ultima Commendatio and Valedictio rites. Forced to wait until the end of World War II to enter the seminary, he was ordained a priest on 29 June He first worked as chaplain to Catholic Action youth groups and as vice-rector of his former seminary. From to he was a member of the Italian National Bioethics Committee.

He was ordained on 6 January On 1 June he was transferred to the Pontifical Academy for Life as vice-president and on 3 January he became president until 17 June He is the author of the "Manuale di Bioetica", and many other publications on health pastoral care, medical ethics and the family. Pope Francis sends his condolences for the passing of Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, who died on Wednesday at the age of He was widely-regarded an expert in the field of bioethics.

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Pope sends condolences upon death of Cardinal Sgreccia

Called the father of Italian bioethics, in his retirement the cardinal was an honorary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which he led as vice-president from its foundation in until , and as president from to Sgreccia also served the Italian government as a member of the Italian National Bioethics Committee from to He published over books and articles on the topic of medical science and ethics, including a manual on the fundamentals of bioethics and a book on St. He was guided by the inspiration of faith and the power of reason, in every choice and decision. As a priest, Sgreccia spent 10 years serving as a spiritual minister for the faculty of medicine and surgery at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, later becoming a bioethics instructor for the university. He founded a bioethics center at Sacred Heart University, which he directed until


Cardinal Elio Sgreccia

He would have been 91 on June 6, Since the constitution of the Pontifical Academy, on February 11, , Cardinal Sgreccia was the protagonist and courageous and wise spirit of our institution, supporting and promoting activities of study and protection of human life in face of the challenges posed by technology and biomedical progress. The Pontifical Academy for Life is grateful for the positive and precious work carried out by Cardinal Sgreccia and for his important contribution on scientific topics and in the academic sector, in benefit of the Magisterium of the Church. Cardinal Sgreccia always continued to follow the activities of the Pontifical Academy, ever informed on the initiatives underway. He accompanied the work of the Pontifical Academy with discretion and sensitivity, taking part in the Assemblies and meetings with the Pope. The Pontifical Academy for Life continues on the way traced by the farsightedness of Cardinal Sgreccia, with the same daring in gathering the signs of the times and providing answers to the questions of the meaning of our contemporary humanity.


Former president of papal academy dies day before his 91st birthday

In his role at the academy Sgreccia helped articulate the Vatican's position on life issues. He is pictured leaving a session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in this Oct. Sgreccia was born June 6, , in Arcevia, Italy. He was ordained to the priesthood in and served as rector of the local seminary. John Paul II ordained him a bishop in The cardinal served as secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family before St.


Elio Sgreccia

Sgreccia was the youngest of six children born to an agricultural family. He was born and raised in Nidastore, a small town in the Comune of Arcevia in the Province of Ancona in the Marche region located in central-eastern Italy. His entry into the seminary was delayed by the start of World War II, so he continued to assist his family in the fields and attended a vocational school in the meantime. Sgreccia first served as a spiritual minister to the youth of Catholic Action. He completed university degrees in classical letters, philosophy, and theology, and worked as a professor, vice rector, and rector at Pius XI Pontifical Regional Seminary in Fano until , when he became vicar general of the Diocese of Fossombrone.

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