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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Pope Francis condemns euthanasia as utilitarianism, not freedom

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at an Aid to the Church in Need press conference in Rome, Italy on Sept. 28, 2017.

Cardinal Parolin: Palliative care means accompanying, not abandoning

Palliative care is a reminder that love for those who are dying means accompaniment, not abandonment, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said... Read more

Vancouver archbishop critiques euthanasia provision in hospice care

Palliative care and hospice units are known for their life-affirming service to individuals who are facing the end of their... Read more

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Colo. assisted suicide ballot measure criticized for preying upon fear

A Colorado ballot proposal to legalize assisted suicide relies too much on fear and anxiety and ignores the ways better... Read more

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In Tulsa's diocese, no one is turned away from end-of-life care

The latest initiative of the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese is not only offering practical care for the region's homeless and under-privileged... Read more

Sick and elderly persons at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes.

After assisted suicide bill fails, English bishops urge greater care for the dying

A measure that would have legalized assisted suicide in England and Wales failed in the British Parliament Friday by a... Read more

Pope Francis greets attendees at an audience March 29, 2014.

Abandonment is the greatest suffering of the elderly, Pope says

Pope Francis said Thursday that when it comes to caring for the elderly, palliative care is necessary because it counters... Read more

Ethicist lauds Ireland's ruling against assisted suicide

The finding of the Irish Supreme Court that citizens have no right to assisted suicide is being welcomed by an... Read more