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Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec said he would not follow in the steps of other Canadian bishops

In modern society, fear of God has been replaced by fear of death

Bishops have issued pastoral guidelines for clergy dealing with Catholics who are considering euthanasia or assisted suicide

Objectors to assisted suicide law (PA/Andrew Milligan)

Judge Daniel Ottolia said it would cause ‘additional pain’ for patients if the bill was put on hold

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St Augustine rest home was fined €6,000 after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to a 74-year-old woman

The doctors’ trade union voted by 198 to 115 to maintain its current position

The bill, which is likely to be sent back for amendments, would legalise assisted suicide

Thousands took part in the annual National March for Life in Ottawa

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