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PORTLAND, Ore., Dec 22 (LSN) – Archbishop John Vlazny, Oregon’s new Archbishop took the occasion of his installation as the 10th leader of the Archdiocese of Portland, to praise Catholic’s for their efforts to stop the law allowing doctor-assisted suicide in the state. The archbishop, who previously served as head of the Winona, Minn., diocese, preached in his homily about the Church’s strong stand against Oregon’s first-in-the-nation law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.

Oregon voters reaffirmed their support for the suicide law last month, despite a campaign by Catholics and other groups to persuade voters to stop it. “You were not silent, and your Catholic brothers and sisters across this land are proud of you,” Archbishop John Vlazny said last Friday.

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