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Canada’s House of Commons in Ottawa

The legislation sets out conditions under which seriously ill and dying adults may seek medical help to end their lives

Pope Francis waves before reciting the Regina Coeli prayer yesterday (AP)

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Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton (left), pictured with Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec (CNS)

“The strong feeling is, ‘If I can’t speak for myself, if I’m alone with no family members, are they going to kill me?'” said Archbishop Smith

Pro-euthanasia demonstrators call for France to follow the example of the Netherlands (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Such a procedure, outlined in the Journal of Medical Ethics, would allow medics to remove a patient’s heart before they died

The Dignitas Centre (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)

The number of suicides have gone from 416 cases in 2011 to 1,004 last year

The Capitol in Washington (AP)

The proposed change in the law was withdrawn from the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee

The Pope lamented that the Sisters' deaths 'are not in the papers, they are not news' (AP)

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An anti-euthanasia demonstrator in London

Canada’s euthanasia law is telling some Canadians that their lives are not worth living

The committee's 70-page report was introduced in Canada's House of Commons on February 25 (AP)

The parliamentary report recommends allowing assisted suicide for people with psychiatric conditions and some minors

Activists protest against euthanasia in Belgium, where the Church faces similar challenges to Canada (CNS)

Those seeking to end their lives lack ‘the proper disposition for the anointing of the sick’