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Cardinal Nichols at Westminster Cathedral on April 18, 2019.

Cardinal calls for action after 27 migrants drown in English Channel

Nov 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the deadliest crossing of the Channel on record. Read more

The late David Amess, Member of Parliament for Southend West

Murdered British lawmaker was Catholic, pro-life

Oct 15, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A British lawmaker died Friday after suffering multiple stab wounds at a Methodist church in southeast England.  Read more

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British doctors’ union drops opposition to assisted suicide

Sep 14, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The British Medical Association, the trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom, is no longer officially opposed to the... Read more

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (left) at the 2012 London Paralympic Games

Former Archbishop of Canterbury opposes proposed UK assisted suicide law

Sep 13, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A prominent Anglican archbishop has added his voice to those of several Catholic bishops in England and Wales opposing the... Read more

Alta Fixsler

Alta Fixsler: Family friend says U.K. hospital can remove toddler’s life support ‘any time’

Aug 14, 2021

By Katie Yoder

The Fixsler family is fighting to keep their 2-year-old daughter, Alta, on life support in the U.K. But the Hasidic... 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

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury

Legal assisted suicide bill would mean killing, not caring, UK bishop warns

May 24, 2021

A true culture of caring protects the sick, the vulnerable, and the elderly, said one English Catholic bishop in response... Read more

As UK lawmakers revisit assisted suicide, palliative care prof says ‘aid in dying’ advocacy misleads

May 21, 2021

A peer in the House of Lords has put forward a proposal to revisit the legalization of assisted suicide in... Read more

Máire Lea-Wilson with her son, Aidan.

Meet the mother challenging the UK’s Down syndrome abortion law

May 20, 2021

Máire Lea-Wilson will take part in a landmark High Court case in July. Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

May 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice, which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

Court to hear challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law in July

May 4, 2021

Heidi Crowter, a woman with Down syndrome, and Máire Lea-Wilson, a mother whose 23-month-old son has the genetic condition, are... Read more

Baby Feet. Credit: Morgan via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

UK pro-lifers urge authorities to end ‘cruel experiment’ of at-home medical abortions

Mar 30, 2021

Pro-lifers in the U.K. are urging authorities to end temporary permission for at-home medical abortions, describing measures introduced at the... Read more

Catholic doctor calls for independent inquiry into DNR notices for COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities

Feb 14, 2021

A Catholic doctor called on Sunday for an independent inquiry into reports that COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities have been... Read more

Scottish MP calls for end to UK two-child tax credit limit

Dec 15, 2020

A Scottish member of Parliament is calling on the UK government to end a two-child limit on tax credits and... Read more

Report: Two-child limit on UK tax benefits pushes some women to abortion

Dec 6, 2020

Nine months after UK Catholic leaders called for the abolition of a two-child limit on tax credits and other benefits... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice house the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

In landmark ruling, U.K. high court says children unlikely to be able to give informed consent to puberty blockers

Dec 2, 2020

By CNA Staff

The U.K.’s high court ruled Tuesday that children are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to medical... Read more

London Metropolitan Police officers.

UK police halt baptism in London church over coronavirus restrictions

Nov 16, 2020

Police halted a baptism in a Baptist church in London on Sunday, citing the country’s coronavirus restrictions that include bans... Read more

U.K. health secretary Matt Hancock.

UK health secretary: traveling abroad for assisted suicide permitted under lockdown

Nov 6, 2020

U.K. health secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday that people traveling abroad for assisted suicide would not be breaking strict new... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, center, meets charity workers and volunteers helping refugees in Dover, England, Sept. 15, 2020.

Catholic bishop laments deaths of children after migrant boat sinks in English Channel

Oct 28, 2020

A Catholic bishop expressed sorrow Wednesday after a migrant boat sank in the English Channel, killing four members of a... Read more