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Vatican message for World Rare Disease Day

March 01, 2016

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers has issued a message for the 9th World Rare Disease Day.

The day, “which aims to give proper emphasis to these diseases and to increase knowledge, also finds growing interest in the Church, so that those who, although suffering from diseases whose incidence is minimal or rare numerically, are not abandoned or isolated,” Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the pontifical council’s president, said in his February 29 message.

“They certainly cannot leave us indifferent,” he added. “The Church also feels involved in this commitment, constantly spurred by Pope Francis to grow and walk in solidarity.”


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