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Catholics outside Asmara, March 2007.

Eritrean Catholic Church remains opposed to health facilities' closure

Jul 9, 2019

As the Eritrean government continues to seize and close Catholic healthcare sites throughout the country, the Church has denounced the... Read more

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara.

Eritrean Catholics dedicate Apostles' Fast to pray over clinics' closure

Jun 26, 2019

The head of the Eritrean Catholic Church has called for the Church's faithful to observe the current fasting season in... Read more

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara.

Eritrean Catholic Church denounces government seizure of health clinics

Jun 18, 2019

The Eritrean Catholic Church has criticized the government of the one-party state for seizing and closing its 22 health clinics... Read more

Kenyan court rules that rape victims have right to abortion

Jun 15, 2019

Kenya's High Court ruled Wednesday that rape victims whose pregnancy threatens their life or health have a right to procure... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis invites pediatricians to help shape culture

Mar 21, 2019

Meeting with pediatricians at the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged the medical professionals to be “promoters of a culture... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis: 'Christianity without tenderness does not work'

Mar 18, 2019

Meeting with representatives of a charismatic group dedicated to caring for the sick, Pope Francis on Monday emphasized the need... Read more

Catholic aid group to set up kidney dialysis clinic in Guadalajara

Mar 7, 2019

In response to the growing number of patients with kidney conditions in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Catholic charitable agency Caritas is... Read more

Ohio doctor under investigation after dozens of patient overdose deaths

Feb 20, 2019

A doctor at a Catholic health system in Ohio has been fired after being accused of prescribing excessive doses of... Read more

How will palliative care fare in Canada?

Nov 16, 2018

A member for Canadian Physicians for Life says requiring provision of assisted suicide by Catholic hospitals and by hospices will... Read more

Pope Francis visits temporary medical clinics for the poor in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 16, 2018.

Pope Francis visits the poor at mobile clinic in St Peter's Square

Nov 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis visited Friday the temporary medical clinics serving Rome’s poor and homeless in St. Peter's Square this week.  Read more

Kenyan court considers guidelines for 'safe abortion'

Jul 15, 2018

Kenya's high court is considering the state of health care in the country, as it hears a case brought on... Read more

Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome on Sept. 23, 2014.

Vatican hospital issues new charter on rights of 'incurable' children

May 29, 2018

By Elise Harris

A month after the death of UK toddler Alfie Evans, the Vatican's Bambino Gesu children's hospital issued a new charter... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the International Federation of Associations of Catholic Physicians at the Vatican, May 28, 2018.

'The Church is for life', Francis tells Catholic physicians

May 28, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ideologies which do not acknowledge and uphold the dignity of human life must be resisted and the Catholic Church’s teaching... Read more

California bishops: We must accompany those with mental illness

May 2, 2018

By Mary Farrow

The leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50 is not car accidents or cancer, but drug... Read more

Alfie Evans. Photo courtesy of Alfie's Army Facebook

Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans' parents

Apr 14, 2018

Amid a tense battle over medical care for gravely ill toddler Alfie Evans, hundreds of protestors crowded outside Alder Hey... Read more

Alfie Evans. Courtesy of Alfie's Army Official Facebook.

Alfie Evans’ parents say he is improving, as hospital seeks date to end life support

Apr 6, 2018

As the parents of a sick toddler fight for continued treatment, saying that he is showing signs of improvement, the... Read more

Syrian refugees.

Syria is a new 'massacre of the innocents,' nuncio says

Mar 9, 2018

By Elise Harris

As the number of civilian victims in Syria's bloody civil war continues to climb, Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in... Read more

Alfie Evans. Courtesy of Alfie's Army Facebook.

British court denies parents' appeal to save toddler's life support

Mar 6, 2018

On Tuesday, London’s Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision to end life support for an ill 21-month-old boy,... Read more

Pope Francis greets people with disabilities following the General Audience on Nov. 15, 2017.

Pope Francis: Health care is part of the Church’s mission

Dec 11, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Just as Jesus healed people during his earthly mission, care for the sick is a mission the entire Church is... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Aug. 2 2017, general audience in the Paul VI Hall.

Compassion is the heart of healthcare, Pope Francis says

Nov 18, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to health workers and organizations, saying compassion is the heart of what they... Read more