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'Suicide is always a tragedy. A vote for assisted suicide would be a vote for suicide'


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Below is the text of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's homily marking World Day of the Sick that will be distributed to all archdiocesan parishes and presented at all Masses the weekend of Feb. 11/12.

I am grateful to your pastor and the parish staff for this opportunity to talk to you today on the occasion of the twentieth World Day of the Sick. We celebrate World Day of the Sick each year on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in order to pray for the sick and the dying and for those in the healing professions. Saint Paul exhorts us today to be imitators of Christ, who stretches out his hand in compassion toward the sick. This is the model that we as Christians have emulated for centuries in our hospitals, nursing homes, and treatment centers.

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