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Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto at the Vatican, 2013.

Cardinal Collins blasts Canadian assisted dying laws

Mar 2, 2020

Canada is embracing “death on demand” in its healthcare laws, according to Cardinal Thomas Collins. The Archbishop of Toronto issued... Read more

Interior of the Senate Chamber in the Canadian Parliament.

Canadian bill to allow medical suicide even if death not 'reasonably foreseeable'

Feb 25, 2020

The bill will introduce “new and modified safeguards” for people eligible for euthanasia but who are not predicted to die in the immediate... Read more

Doctors, bishops oppose decriminalization of euthanasia in Portugal

Feb 20, 2020

Lawmakers in Portugal debated five pieces of legislation Thursday to decriminalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, and doctors in the country... Read more

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Experts warn Canadian medical suicide law is 'most permissive in the world'

Feb 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A new report has warned against expanding access to euthanasia in Canada to those with mental illnesses.  Read more

Spain moves forward on euthanasia bill

Feb 12, 2020

After Spain’s socialist party tried and failed twice last year to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, the lower house of... Read more

New York state capitol, Albany.

NY doctors 'refuse to abandon patients' at rally against assisted suicide

Feb 5, 2020

A group of doctors and advocates against suicide gathered at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to... Read more

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

Feb 3, 2020

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

Jan 30, 2020

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

Dec 20, 2019

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

Dec 16, 2019

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Dec 12, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Dec 11, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 8, 2019

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

Oct 16, 2019

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

Sep 27, 2019

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'

Sep 20, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 18, 2019

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

Aug 30, 2019

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

Aug 28, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

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

Aug 28, 2019

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