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Care for the sick is a measure of society, Pope says

Catholic World News - February 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in St. Peter's basilica on February 11 as the Church observed the World Day of the Sick, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In his homily the Holy Father said: "The measure of humanity is essentially determined in its relationship to suffering and the sufferer." The Pope's point was illustrated by the congregation in the Vatican basilica, which included hundreds of sick people, many in wheelchairs, accompanied by their care-givers.

Christian faith gives meaning and dignity to human suffering, the Pontiff said. He praised and thanked those who care for the sick, but added that the sick themselves are "not just the recipients of care and concern, but first and foremost protagonists in the pilgrimage of faith and hope."

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