The Vatican on euthanasia and palliative care

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Vatican has published a new document on end-of-life care for the terminally ill on 22 September 2020. The document includes the Vatican’s point of view on euthanasia and assisted suicide (‘intrinsically evil’ and ‘a crime against human life’) and its perspectives on palliative care.
The doctrine is that life must be defended from conception until its natural death. It insists that chronically ill patients, including those in vegetative states, must receive “ordinary” care such as hydration and nutrition. It states, that if an illness is incurable it does not mean that care should be ended. Euthanasia and abortion demonstrates today’s “throwaway culture” in which the sick, the elderly and disabled are considered unworthy of life.
The Vatican recognizes the function of hospice centers and palliative care (for example using deep sedation to reduce pain), it must never be used with the intent of hastening death.