Compassionate, faith-filled care at the end of life

By Bishop Richard Pates

Diocese of Des Moines

This article is one of a series from the bishops of Iowa on “end of life” issues.

Pope Francis often refers to travelling the journey with the vulnerable, especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. But what does it concretely look like to accompany those who suffer, or, as Pope Francis phrased it, engage in the “mission of affectionately and tenderly caring for the sick and dying?” More personally, how do we make faith-filled and clinically informed decisions about our own care when we end up facing a difficult health condition?

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