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Pope focuses on gratitude, self-giving in address to Bambino Gesu hospital staff and patients

December 15, 2016

In a December 15 audience with staff and patients from the Bambino Gesu hospital for children, Pope Francis remarked that “the quality of [medical] care does not depend only on logistical aspects, but also on the room in the heart.”

In his address, the Pope responded to questions that had been posed to him by several people connected with the hospital. He spoke about the importance of gratitude, the meaning of suffering, and the fundamental decision to serve others. He observed: “It is possible to work thinking only of earnings, or trying to give the best of oneself for the good of others.”

Reflecting on the meaning of human suffering—particularlly the suffering of children—the Pope said, “Not even Jesus gave an answer in words.” He continued: “Living in our midst, He does not explain why we suffer, but bearing suffering with love, He showed us for whom He offers Himself.”


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