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In the non-existent hospital where bodies and souls are treated

· Mons. Mupendawatu tells of his experience with the sick in Vietnam ·

“Hospital as a place of evangelization, a human and spiritual mission”: will be the theme of the 27th International Conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers that will be held in the Vatican  this year from 15 to17 November. A decision, says Mons. Jean-Marie Mate Musivi Mupendawatu, Secretary of the dicastery, that was made with a view to the Year of Faith and to the upcoming Synod of Bishops that will focus on the New Evangelization. Indeed, the Church has always considered service to the sick an integral part of her mission. Today, however, she has developed a clearer awareness of the active role of sick people who are not only the ones for whom pastoral service is intended but are also called to play the lead and be responsible in the work of evangelization and salvation. “And  hospitals”, the prelate says, “are without a doubt a privileged place where they can carry out this special human and spiritual mission”. However, they are especially so in the case where “the hospital is the person himself, that is, the sick person”, where the doctors “are volunteers” and the wards are “a parish basement or garage”, as happens wherever the Church is not yet fully entitled to citizenship. In this regard the Secretary recounts his recent experience in Vietnam, where he went to celebrate the World Day of the Sick.

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