Vatican City (Fides Service) – The next general meeting of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which will take place early next year 19-22 February in the Vatican, will be especially important since it will mark the 10th anniversary of the institution of the Academy by Pope John Paul II. A recent Council of the academy direction agreed that the general meeting will have two parts. Part one will be a looking back and assessing the work undertaken and objectives reached in the past ten years of intense activity at the service of life. Part two, as every year, will be devoted to a particularly sensitive and important theme of bio-ethics. For the next meeting the academy has chosen the theme: “Dignity Of Human Procreation And Reproduction Technology: Anthropological And Ethical Aspects”. The Pontifical Academy for Life was instituted by Pope John Paul II on February 11, 1994 with the Motu proprio Vitae Mysterium. Its task is to study, inform and promote formation about certain questions of bio-ethics and law related to the promotion and defence of life, particularly in the direct relation that they have with Christian morals and the teaching of the Catholic Church. The full programme of the Meeting 2004 will be published soon. AP (Fides Service 15/7/2003 EM lines 21 Words: 236).