The work of the Community of Sant'Egidio is made thanks to volunteers and is financed by collections, contributes, donations, both public and private.

Help us to help

 You can make the difference for many

 

             


Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

Riccardi Andrea: press review

change language
you are in: home - news contacting usnewsletterlink

Support the community

 
December 11 2013

"To stop euthanasia of children in Belgium"

An appeal of the Community of Sant'Egidio on the eve of the Belgian Senate vote on the bill that would allow euthanasia on children. "It is not compassion, but a serious lack of responsibility towards those who are weak"

 
printable version

The Community of Sant'Egidio expresses its concern about the process taking place in Belgium, where they are about to vote on a bill that, if passed, will allow euthanasia for minors when they are suffering from a disease considered incurable.

 The conditions imposed by the bill to euthanasia of children are parental consent and that "the capacity of discernment of the child has been verified".

 In this way, the right to practise euthanasia, already legal in Belgium since 2002, is extended to all those who are suffering from serious illnesses and whose free power of choice would have been verified.

A proposal strongly opposed by all religious communities: Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. 

 "To stop the euthanasia train" is all that is required by the Community of Sant'Egidio in an appeal published today by the leading Belgian newspapers.

Behind an act of so-called 'compassion' - it says - a growing collective irresponsibility is hidden.

"In front of the sick, society does not say any longer: 'we will be in solidarity with you, we will help you to live with all the means and as long as possible', but instead it asks him: 'Think carefully. Are you sure you want to live like this?' In this way it erodes the desire to live and does not support it in resisting the temptation to end their own suffering".

 For the Community of Sant'Egidio, this legal possibility to ask for euthanasia is a form of pressure that can induce in people who are sick, especially in younger people, the idea of ​​being a burden to others and then push the desire to die.

 The article concludes: "As in a collective loss, our society glorifies the death chosen and performed by a physician, as progress of civilization and the maximum of humanism. Allow us to have a point of view, basically the opposite. In the ever-increasing legal possibilities to recourse to euthanasia, we see rather a new form of barbarism: the choice acclaimed by society of the self-elimination of sick and weak people.”

 ALSO READ
• NEWS
May 13 2015
TACLOBAN CITY, PHILIPPINES

In Matlang, the village of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the new school is about to open


It was built with funds from the collection of solidarity of the Community of Sant'Egidio
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
April 10 2015
UGANDA

A new school for refugee children of South Sudan


In the refugee camp of Nyumanzi, the first classrooms will soon be delivered thanks to the aid of the Community of Sant'Egidio
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | NL
March 18 2015
SLOVYANSK, UKRAINE

Long-distance adoptions: the centre for children and war refugees in eastern Ukraine is reopened


The centre, rebuilt with the contribution of the programme of Sant'Egidio, had been destroyed during the fighting.
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | UK
February 13 2015
ABIDJAN, CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Children killed in Ivory Coast. Sant'Egidio: "Stop violent people and change the culture regarding children"

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
December 17 2014
İSTANBUL, TURKEY

In Istanbul, a visit to refugee children from Siria and Irak

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
December 16 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Marco Impagliazzo on the massacre of children in a school in Pakistan: "A crime against humanity"


Statement by the President of the Community of Sant'Egidio: "An unspeakable horror; it's necessary to overcome impotence of the governments "
IT | EN | ES | DE | PT | CA | NL
all news
• PRESS
March 17 2015
SIR

Belgio: in 3500 ieri a Bruxelles alla marcia "Together in Peace"

March 11 2015
Radio Vaticana

Belgio: marcia leader religiosi per dire no al terrorismo

March 8 2015
Famiglia Cristiana

«Mai più bambini e madri in carcere»

February 27 2015
Avvenire

Interviste anonime pro-eutanasia: l’orrore, il dubbio e una certezza

February 25 2015
La Stampa

Oggi c'è la marcia dei 400. "Bimbi islamici e cristiani insieme per chiedere pace"

December 29 2014
Notizie Italia News

Bambini di Natale

all press releases
• DOCUMENTS
Stop de euthanasietrein
Andrea Riccardi
Europa: oltre la crisi, la speranza. Intervento di ANDREA RICCARDI
all documents
• BOOKS

Trialoog





Lannoo Uitgeverij N.V

Keerpunt





Lannoo Uitgeverij N.V
all books

PHOTOS

673 visits

521 visits

721 visits

690 visits

620 visits
all the related media