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The "Mass of a Lifetime," celebrated by Father Nathan Siray of the Diocese of Calgary, took place at Evanston Summit Retirement Residence in Calgary, Alberta, on Oct. 15, 2023.

‘Mass of a Lifetime’ reminds elderly ‘their community has not forgotten them’

Nov 19, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The special Mass was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at a retirement home, to “intentionally affirm, involve, and inspire” the... Read more

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American Medical Association retains opposition to assisted suicide

Nov 14, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The Catholic Medical Association praised the AMA for maintaining its stance on physician-assisted suicide. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during a press conference aboard the papal plane from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23, 2023, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the southern French port city to take part in the Mediterranean Encounter, a meeting of young people and bishops.

‘You don’t play with life’: Pope Francis condemns euthanasia, abortion on papal plane

Sep 23, 2023

By CNA Staff

“Neither at the beginning nor at the end. It is not played with!” Pope Francis said on a flight from... Read more

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Poll: Two-thirds of Britons favor legalizing assisted suicide ahead of possible law change

Aug 28, 2023

By Daniel Payne

As the British Parliament considers the possible legalization of assisted suicide, activists are pushing for a law change. Read more

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British man just convicted of killing ailing wife is released from custody 

Jul 31, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

David Hunter told the court that his wife had blood cancer and that she was “begging” him to help her... Read more

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UK Catholic bishops join other faith leaders to oppose assisted suicide bills

May 24, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

The Catholic bishops of England, Wales, and Scotland issued statements recently opposing assisted suicide for terminally ill people. Read more

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Leading Catholics and rabbis agree: Help terminally ill, reject assisted suicide

May 15, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The joint statement said the presentation reaffirmed “the dignity of every human being.”   Read more

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Vermont rewrites law to offer assisted suicide to non-residents

May 3, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont signed a bill Tuesday allowing non-residents to avail themselves of the state’s assisted suicide... Read more

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Assisted suicide in the United States: Where is it legal?

Apr 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

While euthanasia is still illegal in the U.S., 10 states now allow assisted suicide, and at least a dozen are... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, grand chancellor of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II, speaks at a press conference.

Pontifical Academy for Life president calls medically assisted suicide ‘feasible’

Apr 23, 2023

By Shannon Mullen, Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia’s remarks on legalizing assisted suicide contradict the clear teachings of the Catholic Church. Read more

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Canada’s assisted suicide guidance for docs: ‘virtual’ assessments, and don’t tell patient’s family 

Apr 14, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Canadian government released new guidance for doctors that critics say will do more harm than good. Read more

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition speaks with listeners at a March 2023 presentation at St. Nicholas Church in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. “Most people ask for euthanasia because they are going through a difficult time of life,” Schadenberg said.

Culture of loneliness meets culture of death in Canada’s MAiD epidemic, speaker says

“The question is not why are they being approved for euthanasia, the question is why are they asking for it?” Read more

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Canadian government moves to delay expanding assisted suicide to include the mentally ill 

Feb 15, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Legislation would delay by one year plans to include mental illness among the list of eligible conditions under the country’s... Read more

Christine Gauthier spoke before she competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Para canoe.

Canadian veteran offered assisted suicide after asking for wheelchair help

Dec 5, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The veteran testified last week that she was shocked when the Veterans Affairs employee offered her assisted suicide as a... Read more

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A ‘citizens convention’ will decide whether France legalizes assisted suicide

Oct 27, 2022

By Edie Heipel

A panel of 150 randomly selected French citizens will take part in a six-month debate over whether to allow legal... Read more

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Scotland should be ‘caring for people, not killing them,’ Catholic Church urges

Sep 14, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

The Catholic Church in Scotland has spoken out about the dangers of current proposals to legalize assisted suicide for terminally-ill... Read more

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As Canada normalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide for mentally ill, doctors voice concerns

Apr 12, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Last year, Canadian lawmakers approved legislation that expanded the eligibility for euthanasia and assisted suicide to the mentally ill, and... Read more

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Study challenges claim that legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide could ‘save lives’

Feb 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

The peer-reviewed paper analyzed suicide rates in Europe. Read more

The Constitutional Court of the Italian Republic in Rome.

Italy’s constitutional court blocks physician-assisted suicide referendum

Feb 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Italian bishops welcomed the court’s decision. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 9, 2022.

Pope Francis: The dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide

Feb 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

He said that the ethical principle ‘applies to everyone, not just Christians or believers.’ Read more