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  • Encyclical Letter “Evangelium Vitae” on the Value and Inviolability of Human Life, by Pope St. John Paul II (25 March 1995). May be read online at the Holy See, at IntraText, on this page at Catholic Pages, and on this page of the old website of Women for Faith and Family (with an Overview and Study Outline on this page).
  • The Vatican’s summary of “Evangelium Vitae”, released on March 30, 1995 along with the encyclical, may be read online on this page of Priests for Life. A Powerpoint summary is available on this page at For Catholic Grownups. A summary by Deacon William Wagner may be read online on this page.
  • See also the following commentaries on the encyclical:
    • “Philosophical Anthropology and Evangelium Vitae”, by Professor William E. May, Acta Philosophica, vol. 12 (2003), pp. 311-322, available in PDF format on this page at Acta Philosophica.
    • «Evangelium Vitae» Five Years of Confrontation with the Society: Proceedings of Sixth Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City, February 11-14, 2000, edited by Dr. Juan de Dios Vial Correa and Elio Cardinal Sgreccia (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2001), available in PDF format (on this page) of the Pontifical Academy for Life. [N.B., This is a collection of essays whose intellectual value outweighs the typographical errors of the text.]
    • “The Way of Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, or Evangelium Vitae’s Way of Mercy and Compassion?”, by Dr. Brigid Vout, The Linacre Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, article 4 (2003), pp. 301-315, available in PDF format on this page.
    • “Thoughts towards a Clarification of Evangelium Vitae #73”, by Damian P. Fedoryka, Life and Learning, vol. XII, pp. 311-332, available in PDF format at through this page at University Faculty for Life.

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O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. (From Sancta Missa)