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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

Pope Francis greets a woman before the general audience Dec. 19, 2018.

Pope Francis: Civilized society recognizes the value of human life

Jan 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Warning of the modern tendency to judge human life on the basis of utility rather than dignity, Pope Francis Thursday... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child at the general audience on Oct. 10, 2018.

Pope Francis: Every human has an irrepressible dignity

Jan 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis emphasized the importance of each person’s dignity Friday in his message for World Communications Day.  Read more

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

First permit issued under Australian state's assisted suicide, euthanasia law

Jul 24, 2019

The first permit for medically assisted death in Victoria was issued in recent weeks, within a month of the going... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience May 2, 2018.

Moon landing should inspire 'even greater goals,' Pope Francis urges

Jul 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, encouraging Catholics to look to that great event for... Read more

Teams with And Then There Were None and New Wave Feminists deliver supplies in McAllen, TX.

Pro-life women deliver semi-truck full of supplies, $72,000 to the border

Jul 16, 2019

By Mary Farrow

The heat index in McAllen, Texas was 125 degrees on Saturday, but that did not stop members of the pro-life... Read more

Where hospices are at their worst, Christians have a mission

Jul 12, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

In the wake of terrible conditions of negligence and abuse reported at some U.S. hospice facilities, several Catholic doctors are... Read more

A girl with Down syndrome.

Mother sues over missed Down syndrome diagnosis, says she would have aborted

Jul 9, 2019

The mother of a 4 year-old with Down syndrome is suing the National Health Service of the United Kingdom for... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

Doctors to remove nutrition from disabled Frenchman

Jul 2, 2019

Doctors have said they will begin to remove intravenous feeding tubes from Vincent Lambert, though his parents have asked international... Read more

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Presidential advisor Ivanka Trump present a certificate to Sister Gabriella Bottani. State Department photo by Ron Przysucha / Public Domain.

An Italian nun’s expert advice: What you can do to fight human trafficking

Jul 1, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

Human trafficking is “happening closer to us than we think,” and Catholic groups are increasingly committed to fighting it through... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

French court orders severely disabled man be disconnected from food, water

Jun 28, 2019

The highest civil court in France has ordered that food and water may be removed from a severely disabled man,... Read more

Migrants are detained north of the U.S. border.

People not politics: Pro-life groups unite to send aid to the border

Jun 28, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Reports of children with matted hair, inadequate sleep and no access to showers or clean clothes. A published photo of... Read more

After forced abortion threat, disability advocate says support is key to fight eugenics

Jun 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In the face of an increasingly ‘eugenic’ mentality toward people with disabilities in Europe -- exemplified in the recent overturned... Read more

Bishops decry introduction of assisted suicide, euthanasia in Australian state

Jun 19, 2019

The four Latin rite ordinaries in Victoria have written a pastoral letter denouncing the state's “new, and deeply troubling chapter... Read more

Alabama mayor apologizes for Facebook post about killing gay people

Jun 5, 2019

The mayor of a small town in Alabama has apologized after posting on Facebook that the only way to reclaim... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square June 17, 2015.

Pope tells Life academy to defend human dignity with courage

Jan 15, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Dialogue with society for the protection of human dignity and the common good, which are under threat, Pope Francis said... Read more

Teens are requesting plastic surgery to look like Snapchat filters

Aug 12, 2018

By Perry West

Social media is increasingly making teens dissatisfied with their appearance and obsessed with achieving a filtered version of “perfection,” even... Read more

How can parishes be more welcoming to those with disabilities?

Aug 3, 2018

By Perry West

A Disability Awareness Conference in Saginaw, Michigan this week encouraged parishes to create an inclusive and accessible environment for those... Read more

Spanish Congress agrees to examine euthanasia bill

Jun 28, 2018

Spain’s lower house of parliament has agreed to consider a bill that would legalize euthanasia in the country.  Read more