On October 28, 2019 in the Casina Pio IV (Pontifical Academy for Sciences, Vatican City):
- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life,
and other Representatives, have signed the
The Position Paper was prepared by the Pontifical Academy for Life under the mandate of Pope Francis.
On October 28th Pope Francis has received the main signers, the deputies of the Patriarchate of Costantinoples, of the Patriarchate of Moscow and others from the Islam world, and the Jewish world, between the Chief Rabbi of Rome.
Excerpts from the Position Paper:
"We encourage and support validated and professional palliative care everywhere and for everyone. Even when efforts to continue staving off death seems unreasonably burdensome, we are morally and religiously duty-bound to provide comfort, effective pain and symptoms relief, companionship, care and spiritual assistance to the dying patient and to her/his family.
We commend laws and policies that protect the rights and the dignity of the dying patient, in order to avoid euthanasia and promote palliative care.
We call upon all policy-makers and health-care providers to familiarize themselves with this wide-ranging Abrahamic monotheistic perspective and teaching in order to provide the best care to dying patients and to their families who adhere to the religious norms and guidance of their respective religious traditions.
We are committed to involving the other religions and all people of goodwill".
ARCHBISHOP VINCENZO PAGLIA' SPEECH - ENGLISH Version
ARCHBISHOP VINCENZO PAGLIA' SPEECH - ITALIAN