They also expressed the hope that an effective solution for preserving the life of Lambert can be found, and pledged the prayers of Pope Francis and the Church for that intention.
In 2015, the European Court of Human Rights approved the removal of Lambert's life support, arguing in a 12-5 decision, that the choice to stop his intravenous feeding did not violate European rights laws.
Gregor Puppinck, director general of the European Centre for Law and Justice, warned at the time that the court's decision put "at risk the 'legal death' of tens of thousands of patients in Europe."
Puppinck had said the ruling means it is legal for states to "cause the death of a patient in a minimally conscious state" and means "we can again legally induce the death of a disabled patient who did not ask to die."
A lower French court had previously ruled that Lambert should continue to receive food and hydration. In January 2014 a panel of nine judges in Chalons-en-Champagne said removing food and hydration is "a grave and clearly illegal attack on the fundamental right to life."
The panel added that Lambert is "neither sick nor at the end of his life."
The bishops of France reiterated Catholic teaching against euthanasia in a January 2014 document, stating that God's commandment "Thou shall not kill" is "the foundation of all social life respectful of others, especially the most vulnerable."
In March 2018, 118 French bishops signed a declaration promoting end-of-life care and explaining the Church's opposition to suicide in all forms.
Pope Francis addressed Lambert's case during a Regina Coeli address in April 2018. He asked for prayers for people such as Lambert, "who live, at times for a long period, in a serious state of illness, medically assisted for their basic needs."
"Every offense or wound or violence against the body of our neighbor is an outrage to God the creator," he said, adding that, "in the flesh of these people we find the flesh of Christ."
This story was updated with the statement of Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.
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