The retired Catholic Bishop Anthony Pilla of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese points out:
"So many times people don't want to be anointed because they think that might mean they're going to die.
"But it's not just a sacrament for the dying," he said. "It's for the sick and the recovering."
Pilla said he even recommends the sacrament -- now commonly called the Sacrament of the Sick -- to expectant mothers, people facing surgery and the elderly.
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