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‘To dust you shall return,’ but human composting? California bishops raise objections

Sep 20, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

When a body is composted, it is placed in a reusable container where microbes and bacteria decompose it into soil... Read more

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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

Pope Francis shared a free lunch with nearly 1,500 poor people invited to dine at the Vatican for the 3rd annual World Day of the Poor on Nov. 17, 2019

Pope Francis wants us to do this when we give to the poor

Mar 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“When you give alms, do you touch the hand of the person asking, do you look them in the eyes?”... Read more

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The nuns who witnessed the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr

Jan 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Sister Mary Antona Ebo was the only black Catholic nun who marched with civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican on Sept. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis: Promote a culture that prioritizes human dignity

Sep 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“It is important to promote a ‘culture of faces,’ which places the dignity of the person at the center," Pope... Read more

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Spanish youth launch prayer campaign ahead of euthanasia law taking effect

Jun 16, 2021

By Blanca Ruiz

A group of young Catholics have launched "1 Week for Life", a campaign of prayer and fasting for the end... Read more

Pope Francis greets a child in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis, Jane Goodall speak on ‘what it means to be human’ at Vatican health conference

May 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis and Jane Goodall both offered perspectives on “what it means to be human” on the final day of... Read more

Tennessee state capitol.

Bill requiring burial or cremation of aborted babies advances in Tennessee

Apr 8, 2021

A bill on the burial of the bodies of aborted fetuses advanced through the Tennessee Senate and House earlier this... Read more

Spain passes euthanasia, assisted suicide law

Mar 18, 2021

Spain’s legislature passed a law Thursday to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Catholic leaders have decried the measure as “a... Read more

Tasmania poised to legalize euthanasia, assisted suicide

Mar 5, 2021

The Australian island of Tasmania is expected to become the third Australian state to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia, after... Read more

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Spanish parliament advances legal euthanasia, despite Catholic opposition

Dec 18, 2020

Spain’s parliament has advanced a euthanasia and assisted suicide bill that Catholic leaders had decried as “a defeat for all”... Read more

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Ohio legislature passes bill to require burial or cremation of aborted babies

Dec 7, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The legislature of Ohio has passed a bill that would require the bodies of babies killed in surgical abortions to... Read more

Euthanasia no sign of progress, Spain's Bioethics Committee says

Oct 13, 2020

The Bioethics Committee of Spain has unanimously rejected the underlying principles behind the euthanasia and assisted suicide bill that is... Read more

Catholic bishops in Queensland aim to educate on sanctity of life

Oct 6, 2020

The bishops of the five dioceses in Australia's Queensland state have written a pastoral letter urging that euthanasia and assisted... Read more

A religious sister and residents of the Carmelite Ministry of St. Teresa wrap gifts for veterans. Courtesy photo.

'They inspire us every day': Carmelite sisters serve women with disabilities in new home

Oct 5, 2020

By Mary Farrow

When asked what life is like in a new home for women with intellectual disabilities, run by the Carmelite sisters... Read more

Normally busy streets in Manhattan are deserted April 10, 2020, after officials imposed a Covid-19 lockdown.

Bishop Paprocki: We must weigh cost of 'extraordinary' shutdowns

Sep 24, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

In an essay published this month, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois argued that months-long lockdowns in response to... Read more

The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where pharmacists will prepared and mix the drugs for assisted suicides in Victoria.

Assisted suicide, euthanasia more than 10 times higher than predicted in Australian state

Sep 2, 2020

While the Australian state of Tasmania is debating a bill that would legalize assisted suicide, the state of Victoria reported... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience via livestream on Aug. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Human dignity has serious political implications

Aug 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian faith demands conversion from individualism and a commitment to defending the inherent dignity of... Read more

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‘An affront to human dignity’: Ethicists react to death of Michael Hickson

Jul 1, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Ethicists and disability rights activists have expressed grave concerns over reports of the recent death of Michael Hickson, a black... Read more

With dozens of babies stranded in Ukraine, bishops call for an end to surrogacy

May 15, 2020

At least 100 babies recently born to surrogate mothers are now “stranded” in Ukraine, as coronavirus restrictions prevent them from... Read more