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The Court of Appeal is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

English courts to reconsider life support for Archie Battersbee, severely brain-injured boy

Jun 29, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

England’s High Court must hold another hearing to determine whether ending the life support of a severely injured 12-year-old boy,... Read more

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Bioethicists highlight greater threshold for medical decisions for children

Apr 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

As Moderna asks the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for children under 6, the National Catholic... Read more

Human Embryo, File Photo.

Pope Francis’ March prayer intention: For Christians facing new bioethical challenges

Mar 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said. Read more

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Study challenges claim that legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide could ‘save lives’

Feb 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

The peer-reviewed paper analyzed suicide rates in Europe. Read more

Joseph Meaney, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (second from left), speaks during a press conference Jan. 20, 2023 in Washington, D.C. announcing the formation of the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance. With him in the photo are other members of the alliance's board of directors: Dr. Steven White of the Catholic Medical Association (far left), Douglas G. Wilson, Jr., CEO of the Catholic Benefits Association (third from left), and Louis Brown, executive director of the Christ Medicus Foundation.

Coalition to protect, advance Catholic health care launches

Jan 20, 2022

By Shannon Mullen, Carl Bunderson

Bishop James Conley and the leaders of five Catholic medical or professional associations on Thursday founded the Catholic Health Care... Read more

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No Supreme Court hearing for Catholic hospital sued for declining transgender surgery

Nov 2, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital that declined to perform a hysterectomy... Read more

Alta Fixsler

Alta Fixsler dies in hospice

Oct 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Alta Fixsler, the two-year-old British girl whose parents fought to keep on life support, died October 18 after her life... Read more

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UK woman who regrets teen gender transition sees court victory overturned on appeal

Sep 17, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A woman who says she was too young when a gender clinic prescribed her puberty blockers has lamented that a... Read more

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson. Photo courtesy DeSales Media Group.

Paterson bishop: Vaccination exemption for clergy 'will be minimal'

Sep 15, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson wrote to clerics of his diocese Tuesday to ‘strongly encourage’ their vaccination against COVID-19. Non-medical... Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon.

Portland archdiocese asks its schools to follow COVID vaccine mandate, but will consider conscience exemptions

Aug 31, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon responded Monday to a new state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, noting that Catholic schools in... Read more

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Mexico City archdiocese encourages COVID vaccination

Aug 23, 2021

By David Ramos

The Archdiocese of Mexico called Sunday on the faithful voluntarily to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but is currently not considering... Read more

Charles Camosy urges Covid vaccination, and upholds conscience rights

Aug 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A Catholic bioethicist has made the case for everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, while also holding that the Church... Read more

Jennifer Doudna, a co-inventor of CRISPR gene editing, who was appointed a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Aug. 11, 2021. Credit: Christopher Michel via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Inventors of CRISPR gene editing appointed to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Aug 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has appointed the co-inventors of the CRISPR genome editing technology to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Read more

South Dakota bishops support conscientious, religious exemptions from Covid vaccine mandates

Aug 11, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

In response to questions from Catholics about COVID-19 vaccine mandates being imposed by employers or other authorities, the bishops of... Read more

Bishops in Colorado back conscientious exemption for coronavirus vaccines

Aug 6, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic bishops in Colorado have emphasized the need to respect those with conscientious objections to the COVID-19 vaccines and... Read more

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

European court rejects parents’ appeal against removal of 2-year-old’s life-support treatment

Aug 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

The family’s lawyer said the parents were ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision. Read more

Catholic health care giant Ascension to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees

Jul 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic health care network Ascension will mandate coronavirus vaccination for its employees, physicians, volunteers, and vendors. It cited a... Read more

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort. Credit: Diocèse de Reims.

Catholic archbishop: With new law, foundation of French bioethics ‘has been erased’

Jun 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The new law gives single women and lesbian couples access to state-sponsored medically assisted reproduction. Read more

Catholic columnist: ‘Brave new world’ of embryo experimentation could sharpen Communion debate

Jun 24, 2021

Recent developments regarding experimentation on human embryos could force a larger conflict between Catholic Democratic politicians and U.S. bishops on... Read more