“Neither at the beginning nor at the end. It is not played with!” Pope Francis said on a flight from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23.
Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his sorrow over the legalization of euthanasia in Portugal.
He said that the ethical principle ‘applies to everyone, not just Christians or believers.’
“Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? That’s what abortion is,” the pope said.
The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, has initiated an online campaign to stop ongoing discussions about legalizing euthanasia in South Africa.
Palliative care for the dying is important, but medical interventions are not enough; Catholics have a responsibility to be with the suffering and to communicate the hope of Christ, a new Vatican document on euthanasia said Tuesday.
In a new document released Tuesday, the Vatican’s doctrinal office reaffirmed the Church’s perennial teaching on the sinfulness of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and recalled the obligation of Catholics to accompany the sick and dying through prayer, physical presence, and the sacraments.
Warning of the modern tendency to judge human life on the basis of utility rather than dignity, Pope Francis Thursday urged the need to protect the lives of the smallest and most vulnerable.
Euthanasia is a way of treating the human person as an object; while it may appear to give freedom, it is really a rejection of hope, Pope Francis told an oncology association Sept. 2.