We go to Belgium first where a group of health centers run by a Catholic religious order has announced that it will permit doctors to undertake medical suicide of "non-terminal" mentally ill patients in its facilities.
The Brothers of Charity Group stated that it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia in any of its 15 centers. Brother Rene Stockman, the superior general, has distanced himself from the decision of the group's board of directors, which is made up of primarily lay-members. "We cannot accept that euthanasia is done within the walls of our institutions," said Brother Stockman. He told media that he intends to raise the matter with Catholic authorities in Rome and with the Belgian bishops.
Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2003, a year after the Netherlands became the first country since Nazi Germany to introduce the procedure.
Now, medically-assisted suicide is a hot issue here in Canada, and not only for the Catholic Church but for many faiths. Fr. Tom Rosica had a chance to host a special round-table discussion with 3 faith leaders on this topic. I have Fr. Tom standing by to introduce the video. Hello Fr. Tom
Thank you Fr.Tom for talking to us. You can watch the entire discussion below.
In Kenya now, the Catholic bishops said they are in fear, of the widespread violence they are expecting, as a result of the next general election in that country.
Bishop Philip Anyolo, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a recent news conference, that: If the allegations of bribery, suspicions, and violence are anything to go by, then we have a reason to be very worried over the upcoming general elections". The country’s elections in August comes nearly 10 years after the disputed 2007 elections, where extreme violence erupted causing more than 1,000 people to be killed and another 600,000 displaced from their homes.
The Bishop are urging Kenyans to pay attention and address this situation as a matter of urgency, and is cautioning youth against being used by political leaders to kill, maim or cause violence. And we’ll keep you up-to-date on this story as it unfolds.
And finally now, I leave you with this. The Pope has just released his monthly prayer intention video. He asks that we pray together that Christians in Africa, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.
Lets have a look
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