- Jul 27, 2021
England’s bishops are urging people to speak to their families and loved ones about their organ donation decisions.
An Indianapolis Catholic priest donated his kidney to a mother on dialysis.
Moving to an “opt-out” system of organ donation in England is “regrettable,” according the country’s leading Catholic bioethics center. As of May 20, most people in England will be considered organ donors unless they record a decision not to donate.
“If you ever need a kidney, let me know man, I got you,” John Fernandez told his friend he had met at a Catholic retreat.
When done ethically and free of charge, organ donation is a selfless gesture that contributes to fostering a culture of life, Pope Francis said.
Witnessing the gift of organ donation prompted a man to donate a kidney.
Chinese health authorities told a Vatican trafficking conference that Beijing’s efforts to crack down on illegal “underground” organ transplants have resulted in 220 arrests and 100 victims being rescued over the past 10 years.
The Chinese state-owned Global Times, an English-language newspaper, has quoted Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo’s positive remarks about China. Sánchez Sorondo is in Beijing, and state media in the communist country usually does not draw attention to the presence of Vatican officials when they are in the country.