Dutch cardinal says euthanasia ruling will not bring clarity

A Dutch cardinal said that a recent supreme court ruling permitting the euthanizing of dementia patients creates confusion and raises questions about consent, especially for the most vulnerable at the end of life. Speaking on behalf of the Dutch bishops’ conference,...

Young Catholics in Indonesia provide aid amid coronavirus

CNA Staff, Apr 23, 2020 / 05:13 pm (CNA).- A Catholic youth organization in Indonesia has instituted a movement to provide assistance to families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Orang Muda Katolik, or Catholic Young People, recently began the initiative...

Beware of “self-pity” over church closures, warns cardinal

English Catholics must avoid “any sense of self-pity” over church closures, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said at a Mass honouring workers in hospitals and care homes. Speaking via livestream from an empty Westminster Cathedral in London on April 23, Cardinal Vincent...

Equality minister says no to sex-change surgery for minors

The United Kingdom’s Minister for Women and Equalities has announced plans to prohibit minors from undergoing any permanent procedure intended to change their gender. The policy was announced by the minister, Liz Truss MP, on April 22. In an appearance before the...

N Irish bishops encourage legislators to debate abortion law

The bishops of Northern Ireland wrote to members of the region’s legislature on Wednesday urging them to debate the abortion regulations imposed by the British government and to formulate new, pro-life regulations. “We take this opportunity to encourage you to debate...

Ordination Study Gives Hope for Vocations in United States

The release of the study of the Ordination Class of 2020 reveals a great sign of life and hope in the Church in the United States, despite the midst of uncertainty in the world brought by the Coronavirus pandemic. At a moment when the faithful are prone to despair and...

US and Canada to be consecrated to ‘Mary, Mother of the Church’

Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, is inviting all U.S. bishops to join him on May 1 in reconsecrating the U.S. to the Blessed Virgin Mary in response to the pandemic. The reconsecration is timed to coincide with the bishops of Canada...

Masses in English Offered for Healthcare Workers

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, on April 23, 2020, heralded the National Health Service (NHS) and social care staff who are on the front line looking after the sick during the ‘epic struggle’ of the...