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Day for Life

'Day for Life' is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death. This year's 'Day for Life' is celebrated on three days: 31 May in Scotland, 26 July in England and Wales, and 4 October in Ireland. On this site, you will find this year's theme and topics covered in previous years. You can also read documents, released by the Catholic Church and her bishops on pro-life issues.

end of life

2015 Message

There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for su...Read more

End of Life


A prayer that can be offered for the intercession of St Joseph to ask God to guide those at the end of life to a good death. O blessed Joseph, who breathed...Read more

annual themes

DFL Themes

Day for Life has covered a wide range of themes since its inception. From abortion, disability and suicide to mental health and well being, the mystery of de... Read more

Holy Father

Pope Francis: We must not abandon the elderly

On Thursday 5 May 2015, Pope Francis addressed members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Palliative care, he said, “is an expression of the properly human attitude of taking care of one another, especially of those who suffer. It bears witness that the human person is always precious, even if marked by age and sickness.” 

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