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At Sunday audience, Pope prays for peace in Egypt, dignified treatment for the sick

February 07, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI prayed for peace in Egypt, and looked forward to the World Day of the Sick on Friday, during his public audience on Sunday, February 6.

The Holy Father said that he has been carefully following the “delicate” situation in Egypt, and is praying that the country will “rediscover tranquillty and peaceful coexistence, in a shared commitment for the common good.”

The Pope said that the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which doubles as World Day of the Sick, is a “a good opportunity to reflect, to pray and to raise the awareness of the ecclesial community and of civil society towards their sick brothers and sisters.” He urged health-care workers to “see the sick person, not only as a frail body, but above all as a person.”

In Italy, February 6 was the annual “Day for Life,” and the Pope voiced his hope that “everyone will work to make the culture of life grow.” He repeated that “the dignity of the person cannot be reduced to his or her faculties or abilities, and thus it is not diminished when the person is weak, disabled or in need of help.”


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