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A house near Zurich, Switzerland, where Dignitas operates (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)

The number of euthanasia deaths in Switzerland rose by a third last year

The owners of Ashers bakery speak after losing their appeal in the ‘gay cake’ case (PA)

The next battlefront for religious freedom

Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populists

The man was killed by lethal injection (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Mark Langedijk said that his life was full of misery and suffering due to his battle with alcoholism

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims gathered for his Angelus address (AP)

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South Australian premier Jay Weatherill

The bill was defeated in the South Australian Parliament after a heated debate

There were 262 reported euthanasia deaths in the first 7 months since Quebec legalised euthanasia (Flickr/ Alberto Biscalchin)

Anti-euthanasia campaigners believe assisted suicide is likely being underreported

Denver, Colorado (AP)

Colorado will allow doctors to prescribe lethal substances to the terminally ill

Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec (CNS)

Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec said he would not follow in the steps of other Canadian bishops

Cardinal Willem Eijk of Utrecht, Netherlands, is seen in Cornwall, Ontario (CNS photo/CNS photo/Francois Gloutnay, Presence)

Cardinal Willem Eijk addressed a meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Priest administers the sacrament of the sick to a man with HIV  (CNS/Barbara Fraser)

Bishops have issued pastoral guidelines for clergy dealing with Catholics who are considering euthanasia or assisted suicide