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

Feb 16, 2021

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

Feb 1, 2021

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 

Jan 15, 2021

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

Dec 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 23, 2020

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

Oct 30, 2020

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

Oct 8, 2020

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

Oct 8, 2020

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

Oct 7, 2020

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’

Sep 24, 2020

By Luke Coppen

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

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

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

Sep 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 15, 2020

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

Aug 19, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

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

Jul 28, 2020

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

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Disabled man dies after Texas hospital withheld coronavirus treatment

Jun 30, 2020

Michael Hickson 46, died on June 11, eight days after he was admitted to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center... Read more

Dutch doctor who euthanized woman without final consent defends decision

Jun 16, 2020

A doctor in the Netherlands who euthanized a woman with advanced Alzheimer’s, despite the woman saying she did not want... Read more

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Belgian Brothers of Charity fight for their name after CDF decision

May 8, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

After the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that the hospitals of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium... Read more

Cardinal Willem Eijk.

Dutch cardinal says euthanasia ruling will not bring clarity

Apr 23, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A Dutch cardinal said that a recent supreme court ruling permitting the euthanizing of dementia patients creates confusion and raises... Read more

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Dutch Supreme Court rules doctors can euthanize dementia patients

Apr 22, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled on Tuesday that doctors may euthanize patients with severe dementia, provided that the patient... Read more