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Monday, October 12, 2009

Pastoral care of the sick

During this Year For Priests, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, has asked Catholics who suffer from ailments and health providers who care for them to pray for priests, who represent Christ, "the Divine Physician."

The archbishop's Oct. 1 letter, which was addressed to bishops, priests and "sick and suffering brothers and sisters," reads, in part:

I am near to each one of you and I invite you, dear sick brothers and sisters, to unceasingly address your prayers and the offering up of your sufferings to the Lord of life for the holiness of your well loved priests, so that they can with devotion and pastoral charity perform the ministry that is entrusted to them by Christ, the physician of bodies and souls. I exhort you to rediscover the beauty of the prayer of the Holy Rosary for the spiritual benefit of priests, in a special way during the month of October. In addition to this, every first Thursday and every first Friday of the month, which are respectively dedicated to devotion to the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, are days that are particularly suited to participation in Holy Mass and adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament.

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