Evangelium vitae


On March 25, 2020, the Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of the papal encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life). Written by Pope St. John Paul II, this document on the value and inviolability of every human life remains an indispensable source of truth for all people. It reaffirms the “greatness and the inestimable value of human life” (EV 2) and addresses present-day legal, ethical, and moral threats to life, including abortion, artificial reproduction techniques, contraception, capital punishment, euthanasia, sterilization, and suicide.

The following resources are provided to help you celebrate this important anniversary year.


He Made His Dwelling Among Us

The Annunciation and the Gospel of Life

A one-page reflection on the connection between the Solemnity of the Annunciation and the Gospel of Life. (approximately 450 words)


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If you need assistance with any of the files, please contact prolife@usccb.org.

25 Years of The Gospel of Life

A two-page summary of Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) that highlights the key themes and teachings of this prophetic document. (approximately 940 words)


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Pope St. John Paul II's Challenge to Our Church 

The Inspiration for Walking with Moms in Need

A two-page explanation of Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) as inspiration for Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service. (approximately 960 words)


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a year of service

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.


As the Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), we are inspired by St. John Paul II’s call in this prophetic document to assess our efforts in building a culture of life and to increase our outreach to pregnant and parenting women in need.

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March 2020 Action Guide: Annunciation / 25th Anniversary of Evangelium vitae

To help you celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Evangelium vitae’s 25th anniversary, sample timelines, homily helps, announcements, activities, and more are provided in the March action guide. You are encouraged to adapt these resources as needed to fit your specific parish, school, or ministry.

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