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Feb 16, 2021 - 08:00 am .- Euthanasia and assisted suicide cases have risen rapidly in Belgium and the Netherlands since the practices were legalized in 2002, according to a bioethics institute.
Dec 18, 2020 - 01:01 pm .- Despite concern that a Belgian law bans Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter practices, a European Union court has said the law is justified by the need to promote animal welfare even if it does not accommodate religious freedom.
Dec 11, 2020 - 04:00 am .- The government of Belgium has agreed to ease restrictions on Mass celebrated with the public beginning Dec. 13, permitting a maximum of 15 people to participate in the liturgy.
Dec 8, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- A construction crane knocked the head and torso off a statue of St. Paul atop Liège Cathedral in Belgium Monday.
Dec 7, 2020 - 07:00 am .- Catholics in Belgium are seeking to take legal action against the government after it decreed that public Masses will remain suspended in the country through Jan. 15, 2021.
Dec 1, 2020 - 07:00 am .- Belgium’s Catholic bishops called Tuesday for dialogue with the government after it decreed that public Masses would remain suspended until Jan. 15, 2021. 
Nov 18, 2020 - 08:30 am .- The Catholic Church in Belgium reported Wednesday a rise in Mass attendance in 2019 compared to the previous year. 
Aug 22, 2020 - 04:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Belgium has reported a significant rise in adult baptisms.
Aug 19, 2020 - 12:10 pm .- A new survey of neonatal medical professionals in the Belgian region of Flanders has found that nearly nine out of ten approve of euthanizing newborn children diagnosed with serious, non-lethal, medical conditions. 
May 4, 2020 - 12:01 pm .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium which belong to the Brothers of Charity to cease identifying as Catholic institutions after they allowed the euthanization of patients in 2017.
Feb 24, 2020 - 11:30 am .- For the second consecutive year, organizers of the Aalst Carnival included numerous apparetnly anti-Semitic caricatures and floats in the annual parade. This year the event also included marchers who appeared to be dressed as Nazi soldiers.
Jan 14, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- A Belgian lawyer has admitted to searching the social media profiles of potential jurors to weed out “devout Catholics” for the trial of a doctor accused of “unlawfully poisoning” an autistic woman via euthanasia. 
Jan 9, 2019 - 03:34 pm .- The European Court of Human Rights has announced that it will take up a case considering whether Belgium wrongly allowed a woman to be euthanized on the grounds of “untreatable depression.”
Dec 3, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- In the first criminal investigation of euthanasia since Belgium legalized the practice, the country's authorities are looking into the 2010 death of a woman with Asperger syndrome whom prosecutors say may have been “poisoned.”
Nov 3, 2018 - 09:00 am .- The Brothers of Charity, a Belgian religious congregation, did not renew the terms for two board members of the organization that controls their hospitals in Belgium. The former board members had accepted a protocol that allowed the hospitals of the congregation to perform euthanasia in limited circumstances.
Jan 23, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Ivo Poppe, a 61-year old Catholic deacon in Belgium, went on trial this week under the suspicion of killing at least ten people, including multiple family members.
Oct 5, 2017 - 11:01 am .- Vatican officials have summoned to Rome the board of directors overseeing a group of Belgian Catholic hospitals.
Sep 12, 2017 - 10:38 am .- The board of the Belgian Brothers of Charity announced Tuesday it will continue offering euthanasia to patients in their psychiatric centres, despite being ordered by the Vatican to stop doing so.
Aug 10, 2017 - 10:16 am .- Pope Francis is cracking down on a Belgian Brothers of Charity-run organization, giving the group until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to patients in their psychiatric centers.
May 2, 2017 - 02:59 am .- Following a decision by the board of several Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals to start performing euthanasia, the religious brothers who operate the hospitals said the policy change is unacceptable and cannot be implemented.  

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