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Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:53 am .- A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively risky m…

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Pope Francis addresses Vatican Employees on family care issues

  Pope Francis welcomed the employees of the Vatican and the Vatican City State on Monday at the Paul VI hall, to exchange Christmas greetings with them…

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03 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (7)

Is my friend's ability to see the past and future sinful?

Full Question A Catholic friend sometimes has psychic flashes of the past, the future, and of people's souls. This person did not seek this ability and has…

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05 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (7)

Where is the scriptural justification that says I should honor Mary or treat her different from any other woman?

Full Question As an Evangelical, I believe in measuring things against the Bible. Where is the scriptural justification that says I should honor Mary or tr…

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03 Nov 2015 Articles Comments (1)

The 5 Papal Resignations in Catholic History

1. Benedict XVI: Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope on 19th April 2005 as Pope Benedict XVI. He announced his resignation from the Papacy in 11 February 2013 sta…

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01 Sep 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican No comments

Pope Francis proposes new work of mercy: care for our common home

Holy Father makes proposal in message on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Pope Francis is proposing adding care for the environment to the traditio…

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04 Sep 2015 Europe News No comments

Retired bishop assaulted by passenger on a train in Ireland

Bishop Emeritus of Kerry said to be very shaken by the incident Bishop Emeritus Bill Murphy of Kerry was punched in the face last month by a drunken passenge…

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Bishop Cantu: Congo’s bishops working hard to steer nation to peace

Politicians in the country have agreed to move a planned election to April 2018 As the most respected institution in Congo, the Catholic bishops’ conference is…

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11 Feb 2016 Articles No comments

Art for Goodness’ Sake

The Virgin of Humility (1435-1445) by Fra Angelico (Bl. Giovanni da Fiesole). Located in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. How many famous artis…

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British Parliament rejects controversial right-to-die bill

British parliamentarians on Friday soundly rejected a right-to-die bill that would have allowed people with less than six months to live to end their life legally.

Assisting a suicide is a crime in the United Kingdom, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Only 118 members of Parliament voted in favor of the bill while 330 voted against it. Prime Minister David Cameron opposed any effort to legalize assisted dying.

The bill was largely modeled on assisted dying bills already in place in five US states, including Oregon. A person with a terminal illness would have needed the opinion of two doctors and a high court judge to end his or her life.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark said he now hoped that palliative care would become the center of political attention.

“I welcome Parliament’s recognition of the grave risks that this bill posed to the lives of our society’s most vulnerable people,” Smith said. “There is much excellent practice in palliative care which we need to celebrate and promote, and I hope now the debate on assisted suicide is behind us, that this will become a focus for political action.”

The bill met met strong opposition from various religious leaders here.

A letter written by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and signed by leading representatives of the Roman Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Sikh faiths claims the proposed bill crosses “a legal and ethical Rubicon” which would turn suicide into a social norm.

“Some slopes are slippery,” said Welby in a letter published in the Evening Standard on Wednesday.

Oregon was the first US state to legalize assisted suicide in 1997 for terminally ill patients. It has been copied in Washington, Vermont, New Mexico, and Montana. Another bill modeled on Oregon law, and advocated by the late Brittany Maynard, is headed for likely passage in the California legislature this month.

In 2002, Netherlands legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Belgium followed suit in the same year.

Switzerland has allowed assisted dying since 1942, and is now home to the Dignitas clinic founded in 1998, which has helped an estimated 1,000 people take their own lives.


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