• Thursday proves it: There’s just no ‘slow day’ with Pope Francis

    Thursday proves it: There’s just no ‘slow day’ with Pope Francis

    • Jun 9, 2016

    While the pontiff was condemning a “this or nothing” attitude as heretical during his morning Mass and, later, issuing a fairly stinging critique of euthanasia in a session with medical workers, the Vatican announced that homeless women will get free PAP smears over the weekend and also released the schedule for the pope’s summer outing to Poland.

  • Is California’s new ‘End of Life Option’ a moral quicksand?

    Is California’s new ‘End of Life Option’ a moral quicksand?

    • Jun 8, 2016

    California implements a new law on Thursday that backers cheer as a form of personal choice, but opponents condemn as a plunge into moral quicksand — a looming danger to the most vulnerable in society who may be coerced to end their lives.

  • Cardinal Burke leads Italians on ‘March for Life’

    Cardinal Burke leads Italians on ‘March for Life’

    • May 10, 2016

    ROME— People from at least two dozen countries joined Italians May 8 for the sixth annual National March for Life in Rome. Carrying multicolored balloons, crucifixes or children, the estimated 30,000 people walked through the historic center of the city and joined Pope Francis for the midday recitation of the

  • Pope defends life and the environment in bioethics speech

    • Jan 28, 2016

    ROME — Pope Francis on Thursday reiterated Catholicism’s commitment to defending human life “from conception to natural death,” a phrase usually invoked by Catholic activists to refer to the Church’s opposition to contraception and abortion as well as euthanasia. At the same time, Francis urged experts in bioethics to blend