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Indian priest appointed to Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life

Fr. Charles Davis

The Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life has reappointed an Indian priest as a corresponding member for a second five-year term (2024-2029).

Fr. Charles Davis, from the Jammu-Srinagar diocese, currently serves as an associate director at St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, Karnataka, and as a visiting professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany.

Fr. Davis left a government position to join the Jammu-Kashmir diocese, where he has since held numerous roles, including parish priest, judicial notary, principal, and personal secretary to the bishop.

His international experience includes chaplaincy at Frankfurt University Hospital and project coordination for a German-funded initiative at St. Joseph's Hospital in Baramulla, Kashmir.

Academically, Fr. Davis is distinguished by his Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and dual PhDs from the Jesuit University of Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt and the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. He also holds a professorship in bioethics and moral theology.

His scholarly publications are widely referenced in university curricula. Notable works include "The Ethics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Proposals for a Legal Framework for India" and "Human Dignity in World Religions: Toward Global Bioethics and Biolaw."

His reappointment highlights his significant contributions to bioethics and moral theology on a global scale.

The Pontificia Accademia per la Vita, also known as the Pontifical Academy for Life, is a Roman Catholic institution dedicated to promoting the church's life ethic and conducting research in Catholic moral theology and bioethics since its founding in 1994.-With input from Joicy Pinto/Catholic Connect


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