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Brothers’ part in euthanasia to be investigated

MANCHESTER (CNS): The Vatican is investigating the decision by a group of psychiatric care centres run by the Brothers of Charity in Belgium to permit doctors to euthanise non-terminal, mentally ill patients on its premises.
 
Brother Rene Stockman, the superior general of the congregation, said that Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, is personally looking into the situation.
 

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Smoothing life and death decisions

HONG KONG (SE): Current controversies surrounding medically assisted suicides and possible moral issues coming from proposed new legislation allowing a patient to give legally binding advance directives to both doctors and family on the type of health care or medical treatment they would like to receive in the event of becoming incompetent to make such decisions, were discussed at a seminar at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tiu Keng Leng on September 10.

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