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Vatican conference on leprosy

June 10, 2016

The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers is sponsoring a two-day conference on leprosy.The conference is taking place at the Augustinianum Patristic Institute in Rome.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, opened the conference on June 9 and recalled the love of Christ and various saints, including St. Francis, St. Damien of Molokai, and Mother Teresa, for those who suffer from the disease.

Cardinal Sarah lamented the “moral stigma” and “practices of exclusion” that still surround those who suffer from the affliction, also known as Hansen’s Disease.

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