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Francis appeals for end of Aleppo fighting: war is 'pile-up of tyrannies and lies'

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Pope Francis has again appealed for an end to the brutal fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, calling war a "pile-up of tyrannies and lies" and asking people to say "no to destruction, yes to peace."

At the end of his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square Sunday, the pontiff said: "Every day I am close, most of all in prayer, to the people of Aleppo."

Swiss bishop to priests: No last rites for patients seeking assisted suicide

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Assisted Suicide in Switzerland: A Swiss bishop has instructed Catholic priests not to give last rites to people suspected of seeking assisted suicide, following a sharp rise in the practice in his country. "It is increasingly difficult to take the right decisions in the face of death — there's even a sense of helplessness," said Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur.

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