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Pope to doctors: Don't use compassion to excuse the killing of the diseased

The Pope asked doctors from Spain and Latin America to use humanity and compassion toward the sick. He told them that doesn't mean feeling sorry for the patients, but suffering-with them, sharing in their suffering. That compassion, he said, is the soul of medicine. POPE FRANCIS "The identity of the physician relies not only on skills, but mainly on a compassionate and merciful attitude towards those who suffer in body and spirit.â? The Pope also unmasked doctors who justify euthanasia hidden in compassion, and recalled that true compassion does not seek to kill the patient. "Health care, malnutrition, access to vaccines and medicines, and care at the end of life are preferred rights for us." Dr. Juan José Rodrí­guez chairs the General Council of Medical Colleges of Spain, and is vice president of the organization that brings Latin American organizations together. After the meeting, he could not hide his satisfaction. JUAN JOSE RODRIGUEZ General Council of Medical Colleges of Spain "There are treatments to relieve the pain of deadly disease. The patient should be treated until the end of his life, you cannot look for ways to cut corners. We are absolutely opposed to ending life, you cannot do so under any circumstances. However, it must be ensured that those who need treatment receive pain medication or be sedated, so they do not suffer unnecessarily." ALEXIS CASTILLO Latin American Confederation of Medical Entities "The language he used is very similar to ours: compassion, humanism..." LUIS DEL OSO Medical Entities Medical Confederation of Latin America "He told us, put your heart in your work, your heart in your hands. That is the message for all medical organizations in Latin America and the world. Trust doctors. Doctors are putting more heart in their actions." Pope Francis is not a doctor, but he is an expert in dealing with patients. Perhaps this is why doctors took good note of these tips. JMB/MB CTV VM PR Up:YA