Palliative Care

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Pope Francis to palliative care symposium: Euthanasia is a ‘failure of love’

May 22, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis sent a message to an interfaith symposium on palliative care taking place in Toronto May 21–23. Read more


Hospice and palliative care: A look at ‘absolutely vital’ end-of-life support

May 19, 2024

By Daniel Payne

In contrast to assisted suicide and euthanasia, services such as palliative care and end-of-life hospice care seek to uphold the... Read more

A patient at the new Misky María Palliative Care Hospital located on the outskirts of Lima, Perú.

New palliative care hospital brings ‘sweetness of Mary’ to poorest in Peru

May 4, 2024

By Diego López Marina

In the context of the recent news of the death of Ana Estrada, the first person to request and receive... Read more


In wake of euthanasia case in Peru, physician-priest makes case for palliative care

Apr 24, 2024

By Diego López Marina

Father Augusto Meloni Navarro urged prayers for the soul of Ana Estrada, the first person to undergo euthanasia in Peru. Read more


End-of-life resources help Catholics ‘finish life faithfully’

Apr 24, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Aging with Dignity announced this month the release of “Finishing Life Faithfully,” a booklet that “makes complex end-of-life decisions easier.” Read more

NHS National Health Service sign UK.

UK judge rules seriously ill teen lacks mental competence to seek experimental treatment

Sep 6, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The National Health Service trust’s doctors ruled that she is unable to make decisions for herself and asked the court... Read more


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


Vatican speaker says palliative care is a ‘revolutionary endeavor’

Feb 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are spreading across Europe. Read more

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Report: Australia has less than half the palliative care doctors it needs

Feb 24, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

An Australian university has found that the country has less than half the number of palliative care physicians needed to... Read more

The offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Palliative care is not enough -- Catholics must share Christ’s hope, says Vatican

Sep 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Palliative care for the dying is important, but medical interventions are not enough; Catholics have a responsibility to be with the... Read more

San Francisco ministry to share Catholic teaching on end-of-life

Sep 3, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is set to begin training volunteers who will help parishes support Catholics in making end-of-life... Read more

Canadian appeal court to hear case of hospice refusing to offer euthanasia

Aug 28, 2020

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has agreed to hear a case of a hospice trying to preserve its historical... Read more

Catholic bishops of Uruguay oppose assisted suicide bill

Jun 26, 2020

The Catholic bishops of Uruguay have spoken out against a bill that would allow for assisted suicide, calling it “homicide... Read more

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Perform euthanasia or lose government funding, Canadian hospice told

Jan 22, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A Canadian hospice is at risk of losing its government funding over its refusal to euthanize patients who request an... 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

Pope Francis speaks to Italian Association of Medical Oncology Sept. 2, 2019.

Pope Francis condemns euthanasia as utilitarianism, not freedom

Sep 2, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Euthanasia is a way of treating the human person as an object; while it may appear to give freedom, it... Read more

Canadian bishops: Keep palliative care distinct from assisted suicide

Aug 11, 2018

In the age of legal assisted suicide and euthanasia, palliative care must remain as a distinct form of care that... Read more

UK court decision will mean vulnerable patients' starvation, critic says

Jul 30, 2018

Brain-damaged patients will be endangered by a U.K. Supreme Court decision making it easier to end their assisted nutrition and... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

Bishop urges reconsideration of end-of-life care at English hospitals

Jul 5, 2018

In a pastoral letter last Friday, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth challenged Catholics to review England’s end-of-life care after a... Read more

French bishops unite in declaration against assisted suicide

Mar 31, 2018

Amid a push to legalize physician-assisted suicide in parts of Europe, 118 French bishops signed a declaration this week promoting... Read more