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Pope Francis: Calling a priest when someone is sick doesn't bring bad luck

2014-02-26

Pope Francis asked Christians not to be afraid of getting the Anointing of the Sick. During his General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis explained that this Sacrament shows the love of God, and brings Him closer to people's suffering, just like in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

POPE FRANCIS
"When there's a sick person and someone thinks: 'Let's call a priest,' 'No, no, but...it means bad luck. So better not to call him, if we don't want to scare the sick.' Why? Because there's this idea that when someone is sick, and a priest arrives, the hearse comes next. But it's not true.”

Pope Francis explained that the Anointing of the Sick helps to better understand the sickness and the suffering. The person anointed with the sacred oil is not alone, the Pope added, because Jesus and the Church are at the person's side.

POPE FRANCIS
"Call a priest. Let him come and anoint the sick, to bless them. Because it's Jesus that comes to lift him up, to give him strength, to help him. Also to forgive his sins.”

The Pope also spoke about the social and political turmoil in Venezuela. After finishing his catechesis, he asked for peace and dialogue in the country.

POPE FRANCIS
"May all the Venezuelan people, starting with the politicians and the institutions, favor national reconciliation, through mutual forgiveness and sincere dialogue.”

Carnival season also arrived at St. Peter's Square, and some of the 30,000 pilgrims came in disguise. One of kids even dressed up as the man in white, himself. Pope Francis stopped his Popemobile to bless him, but the little boy didn't seem too happy with that extra attention.


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