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  • Dutch cardinal: Bishops warned of euthanasia’s slippery slope

    Dutch cardinal: Bishops warned of euthanasia’s slippery slope

    The Netherlands became the world’s first country to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2002 and has since witnessed a rapid increase in related deaths, with 20 now occurring daily, according to a May report by the Regional Euthanasia Commission. A new assisted suicide bill, introduced in 2016, would allow healthy people suffering nonmedical conditions such as “loneliness, bereavement, limited mobility and decline from old age” to be helped to die by a nonprofessional “assistant-in-suicide.”

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  • Pope Francis meets King and Queen of the Netherlands, returns long-lost stick

    Pope Francis meets King and Queen of the Netherlands, returns long-lost stick

    Meeting the king and queen of the Netherlands, Pope Francis returned a long-lost royal stick of William I, Prince of Orange, which until recently had remained lost in the Jesuit Catalan archives. According to a press release, the gesture is “a testimony of reconciliation, and of the current union between the two countries and religions.”

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