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Francis honours the first pope to resign suicide is Poles put Divine Mercy at heart of new WYD logo
PEOPLE SUFFERING from depression may opt for assisted suicide under a new Bill debated in Parliament next week, a past president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has said.
Following the release of a YouGov poll, indicating 69 per cent support for legalising assisted suicide for the termi- nally ill, Baroness Sheila Hollins warned: “In my own field of mental health, I know from experience that there are real difficulties in assessing mental capacity, and also that most doctors have difficulty recognising depression in terminally ill people despite the fact that it is known to be very common.
“Would we really be happy for people who are depressed to be offered assisted suicide instead of treating their depres- sion? Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill does not try to address even the most obvious safeguarding questions. I’m sorry but that just won’t do.”
￼Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill will be debated in the House of Lords a week today. Baroness Hollins, who is a practising Catholic, told The Catholic Herald that legislators should be wary of following opinion polls given the complexity of the issue.
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and in some cases the medication would- n’t actually work and might lead to complications.
“It’s a very complex issue, raising questions about the law, medical prac- tice, mental health and society – to name but a few. We would need more than opinion polls to take a decision of that gravity.
“The reality is that the law that we have works well and there have been few breaches of it and even fewer pros- ecutions. The majority of British doctors and psychiatrists do not believe assisting patients’ suicides is a proper part of clin- ical practice and the evidence from the handful of jurisdictions around the world that have gone down the ‘assisted dying’ road is far from reassuring.”
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Her comments followed a warning by one of Britain’s most senior pro-life campaigners that Lord Falconer’s Bill represented the gravest threat to British laws against euthanasia that the country had seen.
Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing, an alliance of more than 40 medical, disability rights and religious groups, said the changing membership of the House of Lords, combined with pressure from a well- funded, well-organised and well- connected assisted suicide lobby, meant that the proposals had become “the greatest challenge of all”, he said.
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￼BY STAFF REPORTER Krakow in 2002: “God merci- ful father, in your son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the comforter. We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.”
THE OFFICIAL logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 has been unveiled in the event’s host city – Kraków – by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.
The logo, created by 28- year-old Monika Rybczynska, with help from Emilia Pyza, 26, features a red and blue flame of Divine Mercy flowing from a gold cross that is surrounded by a red outline of the map of Poland. A gold dot represents the city of Krakow on the map and also symbolises youth. The red, blue and yellow represent the official colours of Krakow and the city’s coat of arms.
￼They are based on the theme chosen by Pope Fran- cis from the Gospel of Matthew: “Blessed are The first part of the prayer entrusts to the Lord’s mercy all of humanity, especially the world’s young people. The the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” second part asks God to grant to the faithful the grace of being merciful toward others, especially those who have doubts about faith or who are discouraged. The last part asks for the intercession of Mary and St John Paul – the patron saint of World Youth
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Krakow is the former see of St John Paul and is home to the Divine Mercy shrine. The former pope had a great devo- tion to Divine Mercy, the recognition of God’s mercy as demonstrated in his send- ing His son to die for the sins The prayer begins with a line from St John Paul II’s homily at the dedication of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in of humanity.
Sister shatters glass ceiling in Rome
BY KITTY TEAGUE set up in 1890 to honour St Anthony. A FRANCISCAN nun has become the first female rector of a pontifical university in Rome. Sister Malone noted that the Vatican body that elected her was made up entirely of men. “So doesn’t the Church need gender quotas? No, it doesn’t need quotas, it needs collaboration,” she said.
￼She said: “It is easy for us, when asked whether the law should be changed, to say that we agree. But what is being proposed in this case is literally a life-or-death matter. It’s about licens- ing doctors to supply lethal drugs to terminally ill people to enable them to commit suicide. They would have to prepare and take the drugs themselves
“This is the most serious battle we have yet confronted,” Dr Saunders told supporters at a private fund-raising event at the home of the Dowager Lady Salisbury in central London. He said the success of the Bill could mark the start of the spread and acceptance of euthanasia... Continued on Page 2 13th-century pope’s hometown at the weekend AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta
Pope Francis declared a local jubilee year celebrating the life of Celestine V during a visit to the Sister Melone is an alumna of the university, which was
Last week the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education voted in Sister Mary Melone as the head of the Pontifical University Antonianum, a university managed by the Order of Friars Minor. She added: “Thinking that we have to achieve what men have will not get us anywhere... A great deal more can be done but there is change, you can see it, feel it.”
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