last rites


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During one relapse at a Duke University hospital, his family called in a priest to read him his last rites. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions," 14 Sep. 2019 And gave last rites to the first New York City firefighter who was killed that day, before the towers fell. CBS News, "Transcript: Garrett Graff talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 11 Sep. 2019 But at least New Mexico State netted a $1.7 million guarantee to put in its trust before receiving its last rites. Rainer Sabin |, al, "What did Alabama get out of playing New Mexico State?," 7 Sep. 2019 If a club overextends itself to the point of bankruptcy, then there is a time when the financial last rites have to be read. Jonathan Wilson,, "The Tragedy of Bury and Bolton," 27 Aug. 2019 He was given the last rites by a local priest and was only saved by the first penicillin shipments that reached Italy. Reagan Alexander,, "Five Things You Never Knew About Luciano Pavarotti, the Larger Than Life Opera Star," 13 June 2019 Maine teenager recovers from BB gun shot to head moments after priest reads last rites. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump slams OPEC over gas prices; porn star lawyer eyes 2020 presidential run," 5 July 2018 So soon after that, with a group of Charlie's friends clustered around his hospital bed, a priest gave Charlie the last rites, the Bangor Daily News reported. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Teen shot in the head is given last rites. Then he sat up and said hello, his mom says," 5 July 2018 He’s been given career last rites a couple of other times in recent years and has managed to bounce back stronger than ever. Paul Domowitch,, "Eagles tackle Lane Johnson has found peace and respect on the right side," 30 May 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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