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End-of-life resources help Catholics ‘finish life faithfully’

Apr 24, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Aging with Dignity announced this month the release of “Finishing Life Faithfully,” a booklet that “makes complex end-of-life decisions easier.” Read more


Activists prepare to sue Canadian Catholic hospital over assisted suicide refusal

Feb 9, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Assisted suicide activisits say the lawsuit against St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver “would pave the way for the secularization of... Read more


Euthanasia for Canada’s mentally ill still on the table despite ‘pause’ on implementation

Feb 9, 2024

By Martin Barillas

The Canadian government has paused implementing medical assistance in dying (MAID). But the pause does not mean a permanent halt... Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington and Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond.

Virginia bishops warn of ‘deadly harm’ in new assisted suicide bill

Feb 7, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The bishops’ statement called Virginia’s “Death with Dignity” bill being considered by the state Legislature a “lethal measure” that could... Read more

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Belgian bishop: ‘Euthanasia is not necessarily an evil as such’

Oct 9, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, said the Church’s teaching that euthanasia is an intrinsic evil is “too simple an... Read more


As Canada prepares to expand assisted suicide, advocates warn of threat to mentally ill

Jul 31, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Mental health and pro-life advocates are concerned that Canadians may soon be able to seek fatal treatments even if they... Read more


British man found not guilty of murdering terminally ill wife after smothering her 

Jul 21, 2023

By Daniel Payne

David Hunter had told the court that his wife “begged him” to end her painful suffering from blood cancer. Read more

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Citizens’ convention endorses legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in France

Feb 27, 2023

By Solène Tadié

The 184-member council was convened by President Emmanuel Macron to debate “end of life” issues. Read more


Hungry, poor, and disabled Canadians seeking assisted suicide

Dec 13, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Food banks in Canada are reporting that clients are considering assisted suicide as they face financial insecurity. Read more


Canadian fashion retailer runs ad promoting assisted suicide 

Nov 29, 2022

By Katie Yoder

A new ad campaign for Simons, a popular Canadian fashion chain, features the story of a young woman who ended... Read more


Court bars California from forcing conscientious objectors to participate in assisted suicide

Sep 7, 2022

By Katie Yoder

A federal district court ruled Sept. 2 that California — temporarily — cannot force medical professionals to participate in assisted... Read more


Peruvian archbishop: No right to euthanasia; ‘it’s a crime’

Jul 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop José Antonio Eguren responded to the July 14 decision of Peru’s Supreme Court to permit euthanasia for a woman... Read more


Vatican speaker says palliative care is a ‘revolutionary endeavor’

Feb 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are spreading across Europe. Read more

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Belgium and the Netherlands see rapid rise in euthanasia and assisted suicide cases

Feb 16, 2021

Euthanasia and assisted suicide cases have risen rapidly in Belgium and the Netherlands since the practices were legalized in 2002,... Read more

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Raft of assisted suicide laws introduced in states

Feb 9, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Not two months into 2021, seven states are considering bills that would legalize assisted suicide, and two other states are looking... Read more

Terminally ill patient and assisting family member.

Canadian bishops condemn new medical suicide measures

Feb 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning parliament’s efforts to further expand medically assisted suicide to... Read more

Zurich Airport Prison.

Swiss inmate demands right to euthanasia

Jan 9, 2020

A Swiss prisoner is challenging the country’s policy to bar inmates from receiving assisted suicide after his request to die... Read more

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Euthanasia increases organ donations in Canada amid ethical concerns

Jan 7, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Canadians who choose medical suicide are being actively solicited for their organs in a practice one Member of Parliament said raises... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

Analysis: Has Archbishop Paglia opened a new fight over 'accompaniment'?

Dec 16, 2019

By Ed Condon

Catholics hoping for a swift correction to Paglia’s insistence on the need to “accompany” someone committing assisted suicide may be... Read more

Representatives of the Abrahamic religions sign a declaration on end-of-life issues at the Vatican Oct. 28, 2019.

Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim leaders sign declaration against euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide

Oct 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam presented a signed declaration to Pope Francis Monday expressing their total opposition to euthanasia... Read more