Publications: Life Topics

"The Joy of Love" At the heart of the family

Monday, 06 February 2017 12:03
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 The Joy of Love  At the heart of the family
Pope Francis walks resolutely in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Paul VI and the Second Vatican Council, to support Christian spouses and families, inviting them “to value the gifts of marriage and the family, and to persevere in a love strengthened by the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience”. The Holy Father is well aware of the complexity of current
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A collection of Church quotations from various Church documents and papal speeches regarding the topics of euthanasia, suicide, and the Christian meaning of suffering. This collection of quotations is recommended especially for its value in the preparation of
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Prayer for the Protection of Human Life

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:10
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Prayer for the Protection of Human Life
Heavenly Father, Lord and Maker of all that is good, fill our hearts with joy before the wonders of your creation. Open our eyes to the presence of your beloved Son Jesus in all those we encounterand especially in the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Where we see life threatened at its beginning or at its end, or by poverty and deprivation,inspire us with love and mercy, so that,
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The Unborn Child: A gift, A Treasure, A Promise – A Reflection on Abortion
Is the unborn child human? When does life begin? What does science say? Is abortion a right? Does abortion affect the lives of women? Are there alternatives to abortion? In this beautifully illustrated brochure, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) answers these questions and many others in a very accessible style. Faced with the legal vacuum which permits the elimination of
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Over the course of the last few decades, a new multi-billion dollar industry has developed, an industry which continues to make headlines around the world: ASSISTED PROCREATION. For the infertile couple, its promise is seemingly irresistible. In this 12 page brochure, written in accessible language, COLF takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding assisted procreation, reflecting on the
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Who among us hasn't heard of the term "stem cells"? Medical research using these infinitely small elements of the human body promises miracle cures for terrible illnesses. The media regularly report the remarks of researchers who are enthusiastic about the therapeutic potential of embryonic stem cells. Yet other researchers raise ethical objections and propose that we focus our energies and
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Living, Suffering and Dying...what for?

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 18:00
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Some voices today are using individual freedom to call for the "right to die" when illness seems to make life too heavy a burden. This brings up the question of the purpose of existence and the purpose of suffering. Christians find the answer to these questions in the Gospel. It is there that they understand they are not the masters, but the stewards of their lives. This leaflet offers to people
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Urgent Questions
Questions of life and death always provoke impassioned debates. Recently Canada again considered the possibility of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. Shouldn't we allow these practices in order to respect the freedom and dignity of patients? Don't we have a right to die at the time and in the circumstances of our choosing? Doesn't compassion require us to agree to the request of a sick
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COLF and the Catholic Health Association of Canada explain why the Catholic Church supports organ donation and transplantation. The leaflet encourages people to talk to their family and friends about this issue, emphasizing that "organ donation is not an obligation: it is an act of self-giving." The leaflet also addresses xenotransplantation (the use of animal organs) and the cloning of human
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A Wonder am I, and all Your Works are Wonders - Reflections on Some Developments in the Genetic Technologies. Sorry, no printed copies available. Download:
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