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Cardinal Gerhard Mueller. EWTN photo.

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

Supreme Court of the Netherlands, The Hague.

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

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Canadian hospice forced to close after refusing to offer assisted dying

Feb 28, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A hospice in Canada has lost its funding and is being forced to close after refusing to offer medically assisted suicide.  Read more

Terminally ill patient and assisting family member.

Canadian bishops condemn new medical suicide measures

Feb 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning parliament’s efforts to further expand medically assisted suicide to... Read more

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Infant boy removed from ventilator after controversial 'brain stem death' ruling

Feb 26, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite his parents’ protests that he showed “signs of life,” a four-month old boy who was severely brain damaged was... Read more

Bishops from USCCB Region XIII pray before the tomb of St. Paul after offering Mass Feb. 12, 2020.

US bishops: Pope Francis talks Fr. James Martin, euthanasia, at private meeting

Feb 20, 2020

By JD Flynn

During a private meeting with bishops from the southwestern United States, Pope Francis talked about his 2019 meeting with Fr.... Read more

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Assisted suicide applications higher than expected under new Australian law

Feb 20, 2020

A total of 52 people in the Australian state of Victoria ended their lives by doctor-assisted suicide in the first... 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

Pope Francis greets a woman before the general audience Dec. 19, 2018.

Pope Francis: Civilized society recognizes the value of human life

Jan 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Warning of the modern tendency to judge human life on the basis of utility rather than dignity, Pope Francis Thursday... Read more