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"We are part of a world system that has always measured greatness in terms of power, but Jesus always measured greatness in terms of service," one woman said.
The sainthood process is long and complicated, but the procedure is driven by Catholics in the pews, especially those on their knees.
Three key figures in the establishment of the Catholic church in Canada and in Brazil are likely to be declared saints before the end of the year, said a Jesuit who is helping prepare the material needed for their canonizations.
The three speeding their way toward sainthood are: Blessed Jose Anchieta, known as the Apostle of Brazil; Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec.
Quebec's euthanasia Bill 52 will come to a vote in February, and the province's bishops say it "goes against the most basic human values and contradicts the very purpose of medicine."
"Bringing about a patient's death is not a medical act," the bishops said in a Jan. 23 statement.
"To cause death to a sick person is not to care for him," the bishops said. "A lethal injection is not a treatment. Euthanasia is not a form of care."