• Former Belgian PM challenges Pope Francis on euthanasia ban for religious hospitals

    Former Belgian PM challenges Pope Francis on euthanasia ban for religious hospitals

    • Aug 14, 2017

    Herman Van Rompuy, who has formerly served as the President of the European Council and Prime Minister of Belgium, has tweeted a message implying Pope Francis cannot tell a Belgian religious order to stop performing euthanasia at its medical clinics. Van Rompuy serves on the board of the Brothers of Charity Group.

  • Pope tells Belgian Brothers of Charity no more euthanasia for patients

    Pope tells Belgian Brothers of Charity no more euthanasia for patients

    • Aug 8, 2017

    The Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients across Belgium, formally implemented its euthanasia policy in June, just weeks after the bishops declared they would not accept euthanasia in Catholic institutions. About 12 psychiatric patients in their care are believed to have asked for euthanasia over the past year, with two transferred elsewhere to receive the injections to end their lives.

  • Vatican launches Belgium euthanasia investigation

    • May 6, 2017

    The Vatican is formally investigating a group of psychiatric care centers in Belgium run by a Catholic religious order which has enforced that doctors in the facilities perform euthanasia. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will be overseeing the situation himself.