- Jul 12, 2020
Witnessing the gift of organ donation prompted a man to donate a kidney.
Make medicine and health care more humane by protecting the life and dignity of all patients, particularly the weakest and the unborn, Pope Francis told Catholic doctors and medical specialists.
Up and down Latin America, Catholic bishops in their Easter messages offered spiritual content, but with a social and political edge.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York launched the Respect Life Month that is in October and the 2017-18 Respect Life Program, saying, “This Respect Life Month and always, let’s walk with each other; let’s help each other embrace God’s gift of human life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us: ‘Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:20).”
The Netherlands became the world’s first country to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2002 and has since witnessed a rapid increase in related deaths, with 20 now occurring daily, according to a May report by the Regional Euthanasia Commission. A new assisted suicide bill, introduced in 2016, would allow healthy people suffering nonmedical conditions such as “loneliness, bereavement, limited mobility and decline from old age” to be helped to die by a nonprofessional “assistant-in-suicide.”
The annual spring meeting of the U.S. bishops in Indianapolis made many decisions on a plethora of issues, such as migration, health care and religious liberty. The bishops also discussed the upcoming Convocation of Catholic Leaders and the Synod for Young People.