» 02/25/2008, 00.00
Pope: concrete help should be given to the families of the incurably and terminally ill
Benedict XVI asks that, as is already done when a child is born, support should also be provided by the workplace. The 'no' to euthanasia and the principle of proportionality between medical interventions and the saving of life. Ordinary means are obligatory for the doctor and patient, while extraordinary means are optional.
Ethical principles for the care of terminally ill patients under study
An international congress will consider the topic of care for dying persons. The 'no' to euthanasia, and the right to refuse aggressive therapies.
Pope: doctors must always defend patient's dignity, even if he is incurable
Benedict XVI highlights the centrality of the mutual trust between patient and doctor, which makes any attempt at interference "suspect." The protection of patient self-determination, the risks of individualism, and the responsibility of "proposing treatment aimed at the true good of the sick person."
Pope: Life is not a disposable good
On the World Day of the Sick, Benedict XVI urges surrounding those in pain with concern and patience. Even suffering is mysteriously "embraced" by the divine plan of salvation.
No to the new 'religion of health' which denies the right to life
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences wants to highlight the difference between the absolute respect for the person and the notion of 'quality of life' which justifies abortion, the destruction of the foetus and euthanasia.
Pope: Let us pray for the sick, especially those completely dependent on care of others
Benedict XVI prays for the sick and their desire for life, and asks Christians to continue the work of "Christ the true physician of souls and bodies," while tension is high in Italy over the Englaro case. On February 11, the pope meets with the sick gathered in St. Peter's Basilica. An appeal to pray for national reconciliation and social justice in Madagascar.
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