Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement today (November 15, 2014), saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation, the Yahoo News website reports.
Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors.
Earlier this month, the Vatican's top bioethics official condemned as "reprehensible" the assisted suicide of an American woman, Brittany Maynard, who was suffering terminal brain cancer and said she wanted to die with dignity.
Francis did not refer to the Maynard case specifically. But he did say, "Beware, because this is a sin against the creator, against God the creator."