Catholic Church Documents

Message of the Holy Father to the participants in the second National Conference for Mental Health (2021)

08/04/2021  |  Catholic Church Documents

Take action to "fully overcome the stigma that mental illness is often tainted with". - Message of Pope Francis to the Second National Conference on Mental Health (2021)


To Live Life to the Full: Mental Health in Australia Today. The Catholic Bishops of Australia encourage faith communities, governments and each one of us, to make mental health a priority (2020)

07/01/2020  |  Catholic Church Documents

Bishop Terry Brady, Bishop Delegate for Social Justice on the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, has called on all Catholics to take up the message and challenges of the Statement.


Hope and Healing: A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of California on Caring for those who suffer from Mental Illness Addressed to All Catholics and People of Goodwill (2018)

04/28/2020  |  Catholic Church Documents

As pastors and bishops, we are deeply concerned with the heartbreaking prevalence of mental illness in our society and are taking action to address this tragic form of misery and sorrow.Though not as apparent and familiar as general medical problems, mental illness is equally important and is uniquely challenging and burdensome.


'For I Am Lonely and Afflicted' A Statement of the Catholic Bishops of New York State (2014)

by Richard E. Barnes  |  02/04/2020  |  Catholic Church Documents

Mental illness does not discriminate. Neither age, nor ethnicity, nor economic or social status exempts one from its effects. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults, some 61.5 million people, experience some form of mental illness in a given year, and one in 17, or 13.6 million, live with a serious mental illness.


Ensure that all mentally ill people are given access to necessary forms of care and treatment - Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for the 14th World Day of the Sick (2006)

by His Holiness Benedict XVI  |  02/11/2006  |  Catholic Church Documents

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The 14th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on 11 February 2006, the liturgical Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. Last year the Day was celebrated at the Marian Shrine of Mvolyé, Yaoundé, and on that occasion the faithful and their Pastors, on behalf of the whole African Continent, reaffirmed their pastoral commitment to the sick.


Depression is always a spiritual trial - Pastoral Care on the Theme of Depression - Saint Pope John Paul II (2003)

by Pope Saint John Paul II  |  11/14/2003  |  Catholic Church Documents

Address of John Paul II to the participants in the 18th International Conference promoted by the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care on the theme of depression.


Catechism of the Catholic Church - Teaching on Suicide (1997)

01/02/2000  |  Catholic Church Documents

Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls.


Mentally Ill are also Made in God's Image - Pope Saint John Paul II (1996)

by Pope Saint John Paul II  |  01/01/2000  |  Catholic Church Documents

Saint Pope John Paul II address to participants in the 1996 international conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers, on the theme: “In the Image and Likeness of God: Always? Illness of the Human Mind”.