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Eucharistic coherence and the USCCB spring meeting: Five questions you need answered

This CNA explainer goes through the essential background questions about the term eucharistic coherence in preparation for the USCCB spring... Read more

Deaths by euthanasia soared last year in Canada

The number of Canadians who ended their lives by euthanasia and assisted suicide increased by 17% in 2020, the country’s... Read more

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Legal assisted suicide bill would mean killing, not caring, UK bishop warns

A true culture of caring protects the sick, the vulnerable, and the elderly, said one English Catholic bishop in response... Read more

As UK lawmakers revisit assisted suicide, palliative care prof says ‘aid in dying’ advocacy misleads

A peer in the House of Lords has put forward a proposal to revisit the legalization of assisted suicide in... Read more

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, pictured Dec. 18, 2017

Portugal’s Catholic bishops welcome presidential veto of euthanasia bill

Portugal’s Catholic bishops applaud President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s decision to veto a bill legalizing euthanasia Read more

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Belgium and the Netherlands see rapid rise in euthanasia and assisted suicide cases

Euthanasia and assisted suicide cases have risen rapidly in Belgium and the Netherlands since the practices were legalized in 2002,... Read more

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Portugal’s Catholic bishops express ‘sadness and indignation’ as parliament backs euthanasia bill

Portugal’s bishops have expressed “sadness and indignation” after parliament approved a bill approving euthanasia.  Read more

British Columbia hospice to be evicted over euthanasia opposition 

A hospice in Delta, British Columbia is laying off all staff next month as they will be evicted from their... Read more

Spain’s Catholic bishops: Fast and pray against legalization of euthanasia

The Catholic bishops of Spain called Thursday for a day of fasting and prayer ahead of the expected approval of a... Read more

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Dutch doctors can sedate 'agitated' patients before euthanasia

Doctors in the Netherlands are now permitted to sedate patients without their knowledge or consent prior to euthanizing them if... Read more

Despite concerns raised, New Zealand voters back assisted suicide

A strong majority of New Zealand voters approved the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia for the terminally ill Oct.... Read more

In Canada, new bill would expand euthanasia, assisted suicide, Catholics warn

A bill reintroduced by the Canadian government this month would expand access to euthanasia and assisted suicide in the country... Read more

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Cardinal Mueller: Catholic politicians must fight abortion, euthanasia

Catholic politicians have an obligation to fight against abortion and euthanasia, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect emeritus of the Vatican’s Congregation... Read more

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Courtesy photo.

Vatican tells UN it is ‘deeply concerned’ by push to ‘reinterpret' foundations of human rights

A Vatican representative told the United Nations Tuesday that the Holy See was “deeply concerned” by moves “to reinterpret the... Read more

Cardinal Willem Eijk attends a press conference in Rome Oct. 23, 2015.

‘Respect for life is eroded ever more’: Dutch Cardinal Eijk on euthanasia’s ‘slippery slope’

A Dutch cardinal has said that the Netherlands shows that once euthanasia is legalized safeguards are slowly but inevitably abandoned.  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

Vatican reaffirms euthanasia is ‘intrinsically evil act,’ calls Catholics to accompany the dying

In a new document released Tuesday, the Vatican’s doctrinal office reaffirmed the Church’s perennial teaching on the sinfulness of euthanasia... Read more

Spanish bishops call for palliative care instead of euthanasia and assisted suicide

In response to an assisted suicide bill that could soon be passed in Spain, the Spanish bishops’ conference called Monday... Read more

Newborn baby being treated in an incubator.

Infanticide ok with 90% of NICU docs and nurses in Belgian survey

A new survey of neonatal medical professionals in the Belgian region of Flanders has found that nearly nine out of... Read more

Controversial Dutch bill would allow assisted suicide for healthy people over 75

A proposal in the Netherlands to allow assisted suicide for healthy individuals over the age of 75 has drawn criticism... Read more