The Pope's message to the Bishops of England and Wales - For dignity in every stage of life

2015-07-23 L’Osservatore Romano

More than 300,000 postcards will be distributed to parishioners in England and Wales this weekend offering guidance about end of life decisions. This initiative is part of the day for Life celebration to be held on Sunday, 26 July. For this Day, Pope Francis sent his best wishes and support to the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, received a letter and conveyed it to the Bishop for Day for Life, Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary of Westminster. In the letter, the Holy Father imparts his apostolic blessing “upon all those persons who are participating in this significant event and working in any way for the promotion of the dignity of every human person from the moment of conception until natural death”. This Sunday is the last of the various initiatives of the Catholic Church in England regarding end of life topics. The Bishops chose “Cherishing Life – Accepting Death” as this year's theme. Indeed, on 11 September the U.K.'s House of Commons will be debating and voting on an assisted suicide bill. Presented by Rob Marris, the bill proposes allowing terminally-ill the possibility of ending their life with medical assistance.