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Cardinal leads town hall meeting, novena against assisted suicide


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BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley is inviting the public to join a town hall meeting against a November ballot to legalize physician assisted suicide to be broadcast on CatholicTV on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

"Join Cardinal Seán O'Malley and a group of concerned Catholics to openly discuss Physician-Assisted Suicide to ensure that the families of people with terminal illnesses will never feel they have been left alone in caring for their needs. The claim that the 'quick fix' of an overdose of drugs can substitute for these efforts is an affront to patients, caregivers and the ideals of medicine," CatholicTV said in an email.

Cardinal O'Malley also urged all Catholics join him in the "Rosary Novena for the Defeat of Physician Assisted Suicide" from Oct. 3-11.

"I invite you to join with me and with Catholics throughout the world for a greater respect for the gift of human life, especially for the elderly and the terminally ill. As the Archbishop of Boston, I am asking people throughout the state of Massachusetts to join us in praying specifically for the defeat of Physician-Assisted Suicide, which will appear on our ballots on voting day as Question Number 2," the cardinal said in his introductory message to the novena.

All families and school communities are being asked to pray the rosary during these 9 days for the specific intention of defeating the November ballot question that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

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