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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference after a meeting with the German Chancellor in the Federal Chanclery in Berlin. February 2017.

Canadian archbishop warns Trudeau over new 'assisted dying' laws

The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decrying the effort to... Read more

Maryland Capitol.

Effort to legalize assisted suicide resurfaces in Maryland

Lawmakers in Maryland are again seeking to introduce a bill to legalize assisted suicide, after similar efforts have failed four... Read more

US bishops support Congressional resolution against assisted suicide

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is encouraging members of Congress to support a continuing resolution criticizing assisted suicide... Read more

Cardinal Willelm Eijk is interviewed in Rome.

Dutch cardinal: Priests should 'speak clearly' on assisted suicide

A priest must say clearly to a person opting for assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia that he is committing a... Read more

The Vatican City flag flies near St. Peter's Basilica.

Pontifical Academy for Life hosts interreligious discussion on palliative care

The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life held an international symposium this week on medical ethics and palliative care, hosted together... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia speaks at a press conference.

Archbishop Paglia says priests can be present at assisted suicide

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said Tuesday that he would be willing to hold the... Read more

Don’t use ’tragic case’ to legalize assisted suicide, UK group says

An anti-euthanasia group in the UK is calling for the continuation of laws against assisted suicide, as the family of... Read more

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Legal assisted suicide puts people with disabilities at risk, report finds

Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the... Read more

Italy's bishops: Society loses 'light of reason' with legalization of euthanasia

Pro-life advocates are decrying the ruling of an Italian court this week that decriminalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in the... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2019.

Pope Francis to doctors: Assisted suicide is 'false compassion'

Pope Francis told a group of Italian doctors Friday they must resist the temptation to participate in assisted suicide or... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine at the 2019 USCCB General Assembly in June.

Maine bishop laments failed challenge to assisted suicide and abortion laws

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, has expressed his disappointment at the failure of efforts to force a public vote... Read more

St. Therese Parish, Seattle.  Photo: Archdiocese of Seattle

Dupont: I was 'absolutely' unaware Seattle man was planning suicide

A priest who was photographed blessing a man planning to commit medically assisted suicide said Friday that he was unaware... Read more

Robert Fuller receives a blessing at St. Therese Catholic church May 5 in Seattle. He died five days later. Photo: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press. (Not licensed for reproduction)

UPDATED: Facebook posts contradict Seattle archdiocese claims on parishioner’s planned suicide

Social media posts made by Robert Fuller suggest that he scheduled his funeral with his parish days before his suicide, and... Read more

New Jersey appeals court overturns injunction on assisted suicide law

A New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday that the state’s law permitting assisted suicide may take effect while a legal... Read more

Silhouette of a doctor walking in a hurry in the hospital corridor.

Seattle bishops to 'review' blessing of assisted suicide advocate

The Archdiocese of Seattle is facing questions after a local man received a formal Catholic blessing at Mass shortly before... Read more

Silhouette of a doctor walking in a hurry in the hospital corridor.

Canadian man receives assisted death after funding cut for in-home care

The family of a Canadian man with ALS is urging the country’s government to change the way it treats patients after he received a... Read more

New Jersey judge temporarily blocks assisted suicide law

A judge in New Jersey has temporarily halted a law allowing physician assisted suicide, which had gone into effect August... Read more

At watershed moment, assisted suicide could expand in Australia

Legal assisted suicide could expand in Australia, as the Western Australian government has introduced legislation to allow people deemed terminally... Read more

Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen.

Bishop calls assisted suicide ‘affront to the dignity of life’ on eve of legalization

Bishop James E. Checchio of Metuchen described assisted suicide as “a grievous affront to the dignity of human life” that... Read more

Where hospices are at their worst, Christians have a mission

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