With the support of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has launched a National Campaign in Favour of Palliative and Home Care, and Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

COLF invites all people of good will to answer Christ’s plea: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." (Matt. 25:40).

The education and action campaign, centred on the theme “Life-Giving Love,” calls on all citizens who respect life from conception until natural death to address the needs of the vulnerable more effectively and to engage with greater vigour in this life or death public debate. Archbishop Richard Smith, the new Chairman of COLF, said he will be bringing together a special committee to work on implementing and promoting the initiative in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Life-Giving Love is a response to the ongoing efforts of pro-euthanasia forces throughout Canada, such as Quebec's recent adoption of the Law Concerning End-of-Life Care. The campaign's new website at www.lifegivinglove.com offers a rich variety of  free resources, including video, brochures, prayer cards, and suggested prayers of the faithful, for use by dioceses, parishes, families, movements and associations. 

The Catholic Bishops of Canada have repeatedly called for positive steps to secure truly compassionate palliative care options for all Canadians. In his video presentation for the new campaign, Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, notes that with growing general demands for legislation to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, "it becomes all the more urgent to respond to the call by the Second Vatican Council for a formed, informed, committed laity in the midst of our world."