See this online text:

  • Letter “Samaritanus Bonus” on the Care of Persons in the Critical and Terminal Phases of Life, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on 14 July 2020 (© Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2020). May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture, on this page at EWTN Library, and at the Holy See, which states: “The Sovereign Pontiff Francis, on 25 June 2020, approved the present Letter, adopted in the Plenary Session of this Congregation, the 29th of January 2020, and ordered its publication.”

See also these related texts on the mortal sins of euthanasia and assisted suicide:

See also these texts on illness and death:

  • Address to the Participants in the International Congress on “Life-Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas” on Saturday, 20 March 2004, by Pope John Paul II. May be read online at the Holy See, and available in pdf format at Semantic Scholar. A comment by Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. “Why So Long to Make a Decision?”, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (December 2004): pp. 62-66, may be read online on this page at Catholic Culture.
  • “The Christian Response to Suffering”: Message for the World Day of the Sick for the Year 2002, by Pope John Paul II. May be read online on this page of Women for Faith & Family (from Voices Online Edition, Lent-Easter 2002, Vol. XVII, No. 1); and at the Holy See.
  • “Dying is also part of life”: Address at the Rennweg Hospice in Vienna, June 21, 1998, by Pope John Paul II. Delivered during his Apostolic Journey to Austria (June 19-21, 1998). May be read online at the Holy See and the Congregation of the Clergy.
  • Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflections, A Statement of the NCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activities, April 1992. May be read online on this page at Priests for Life.
  • Questions of Ethics regarding the Fatally Ill and the Dying, by the Working Group of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, 27 June 1981. Available in pdf format at the Pontifical Academy for Life.
  • Respect for the Dignity of the Dying, by the Pontifical Academy for Life, 9 December 2000. Taken from: L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 2 May 2001, page 10. May be read online on this page at EWTN Library, and at the Holy See.
  • Responses to Certain Questions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Concerning Artificial Nutrition and Hydration, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (August 1, 2007). May be read online at the Holy See. The Congregation’s Commentary on the Responses may be read online at the Holy See. Both the Responses and the Commentary may be read online on this page at Priests for Life.

See also these general texts on the dignity of human life:

  • Address to the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the United States of America (California, Nevada and Hawaii) on 2 October 1998, by Pope John Paul II. May be read online at the Holy See.
  • «Evangelium Vitae» Five Years of Confrontation with the Society: Proceedings of Sixth Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City, February 11-14, 2000, edited by Dr. Juan de Dios Vial Correa and Elio Cardinal Sgreccia (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2001), available in PDF format (on this page) of the Pontifical Academy for Life. [N.B., This is a collection of essays whose intellectual value outweighs the typographical errors of the text.]
  • “Philosophical Anthropology and Evangelium Vitae”, by Professor William E. May, Acta Philosophica, vol. 12 (2003), pp. 311-322, available in PDF format on this page at Acta Philosophica.

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