A month after board’s removal, cardinal says Pope supports hospital’s staff
December 22, 2015
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, visited the Holy See’s Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital on December 19 to convey the Pope’s Christmas greetings.
In November, amid concerns about financial mismanagement, Cardinal Parolin replaced the executive board of the hospital’s foundation.
“I come here with the desire to perform an act of mercy,” he said. “Works of mercy are above all for the benefit of the one who performs them. The Lord promised that every act of charity which we perform for the least of our brothers – and these are especially sick children, who have a greater need – would receive the recompense of His love and of Himself.”
“Know that you are watched, followed, and supported by the interest and gratitude of the Vicar of Christ,” he told the hospital’s staff. “Here there are many, wonderful people who take care of this hospital. The Pope has faith in them because their work is done with intelligence, wisdom, and research for the best cures to give an equitable and satisfactory solution to a multitude of problems.”
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- Cardinal Parolin visits Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome (Vatican Radio)
- Cardinal Bertone donates €150,000 to foundation that reportedly paid for work on his new apartment (CWN, 12/21)
- Vatican replaces board of hospital foundation following charges of improper spending (CWN, 11/4)
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