Pope Francis speaks during a press conference aboard the papal plane from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23, 2023, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the southern French port city to take part in the Mediterranean Encounter, a meeting of young people and bishops. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

"You don’t play with life": Pope Francis Condemns Euthanasia, Abortion on Papal Plane

Sep 23, 2023

“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 at the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 28, 2022. | Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments New Euthanasia Law in Portugal on Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his sorrow over the legalization of euthanasia in Portugal.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 9, 2022. Vatican Media.

The Dying Need Palliative Care, Not Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide: Pope Francis

Feb 9, 2022

He said that the ethical principle ‘applies to everyone, not just Christians or believers.’

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Sept. 27, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Abortion and Euthanasia as Treating Human Life Like "waste"

Sep 27, 2021

“Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? That’s what abortion is,” the pope said.

The Official Logo of CitizenGo. Credit: CitizenGo

International Catholic Entity Initiates Campaign against Euthanasia in South Africa

Aug 22, 2021

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.

The offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Credit: Marco Mancini/CNA.

Palliative Not Enough, Catholics Must Share Christ’s Hope, Says Vatican

Sep 22, 2020

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.

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Vatican reaffirms euthanasia is ‘intrinsically evil act,’ calls Catholics to accompany the dying

Sep 22, 2020

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.

Pope Francis greets a woman before the general audience Dec. 19, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Civilized Society Recognizes the Value of Human Life

Jan 30, 2020

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.

Pope Francis speaks to Italian Association of Medical Oncology Sept. 2, 2019. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Condemns Euthanasia as Utilitarianism, not Freedom

Sep 2, 2019

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.