PARIS (RNS) — A ban on slaughtering livestock without stunning them first is seen as a direct attack on kosher and halal practices.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Belgian religious congregation is defying Pope Francis' order to stop allowing euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals, saying that its decision to do so is fully consistent with Catholic doctrine.
LONDON (AP) — In May, the Brothers of Charity group announced it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium, one of only two countries — along with the Netherlands — where doctors are legally allowed to kill people with mental health problems, at their request.
VIENNA (Reuters) Stan Vanuytrecht, a Catholic deacon, was one of about 70 candidates from around the world who applied for the unpaid position at one of Europe's last hermitages, a hut built into a cliff in the Austrian mountains.
(RNS) The judges unanimously ruled that “the nursing home had no right to refuse euthanasia on the basis of conscientious objection.”
The option to die with a doctor's prescription would only apply to adults suffering serious and incurable illness and where death is reasonably foreseeable.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As he usually does, he used the occasion to speak openly about his faith within the context of world events.
(RNS) "Muslims are also affected by these terrible acts," said the head of a Belgian Muslim umbrella organization.
"We promise the crusader alliance against the Islamic State that they will have black days in return for their aggression against the Islamic State," the group said.
(RNS) A judge rejected allegations that it operated as a criminal organization and extorted money from members.
(RNS) Bishop Johan Bonny has been touted as a future leader of Belgium's Catholic hierarchy, but will his controversial proposals hurt his prospects?
A bioethicist doubts euthanasia without age limits -- now legal in the Netherlands and just approved by the Belgian Parliament -- will be legal in the USA any time soon, if ever.
(RNS) The law will make Belgium the first country to allow euthanasia for children if they are terminally ill and living with "constant and unbearable physical suffering."