More than a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia, are considering controversial medically assisted death legislation this year.
The laws would allow mentally fit, terminally ill patients age 18 and older, whose doctors say they have six months or less to live, to request lethal drugs.
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George passed away today after a long battle with cancer. George had been on home care since April 3 after being hospitalized late last month for hydration and pain management issues.
Archbishop Blase Cupich confirmed the cardinal’s passing this afternoon. "A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord," he said. "Our beloved Cardinal George passed away today at 10:45 a.m. at the Residence."
Parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013, called on the government on April 17 to end their quest for the death penalty and give the bomber life in prison.
In a statement published on the front page of Friday’s Boston Globe, William and Denise Richard said the continued pursuit of a death sentence for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.”
Pope Francis has considered the possibility of visiting Cuba in September—before or after his trip to the United States—but discussions with Cuban authorities are so preliminary that the idea cannot be considered more than a hypothesis, the Vatican said.
"Contacts with the Cuban authorities are still in too early a phase for it to be possible to regard this stop as a firm decision and a working plan," Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said in a statement on April 17...
The San Francisco Archdiocese said the full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle April 16 urging Pope Francis to oust San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone over morality clauses and other policies "is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching."
As some in the United States consider whether religious and civil marriages should be separated, they might look to practices in Europe, where most countries have long distinguished between the two.
"Whereas the Catholic Church has a clear vision of the special meaning of marriage, it's viewed in the civil context as a contract between two people—and it's a fact of modern society that such contracts vary," Thierry Bonaventura, spokesman for the 34-country Council of European Bishops'...
The Vatican approved new statutes and bylaws for the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious, ending a seven-year process of investigating the group and engaging in dialogue with its officers to ensure greater harmony with church teaching.
Conference officers met on April 16 with Pope Francis, the same day the Vatican announced the conclusion of the process, which included oversight for three years by a committee of three bishops. LCWR has more than 1,500 members, who represent...
Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.
"Getting rid of the difference is the problem, not the solution," he said April 15 during his general audience (...
Although the number of Central American migrants entering the U.S. has diminished in recent months, thousands remain incarcerated within secure detention facilities across the country without hope for release.
After being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, families and children as young as 12 days old are held within facilities that not only house hundreds of people for extensive periods of time, but also lack adequate medical or psychological care for their residents.
April 27, 2015
The British charity Oxfam has appealed for an end to the fighting in Yemen and the opening of borders to allow entrance to desperately needed humanitarian aid. Nuha Al-Saeedi, an Oxfam program manager in Yemen, reports that conditions are getting worse each day as basic commodities run dangerously low. She described the current humanitarian situation in Yemen as “a disaster,” especially given that even before the escalation of the fighting, more than half...