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Jubilee of the Sick will culminate with a grand Mass with the Pope in St. Peter's Square

2016-06-09

People with illnesses and disabilities will have a special day dedicated to them in this Holy Year. The Jubilee organizers explained that on Sunday more than 20,000 people with a sickness will participate with the Pope in a grand Mass to be held in St. Peter's Square at 10:30 am.

People affected by an illness will be in charge of the readings of the day. During the Gospel, they will theatrically represent some scenes.

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA
Organizer Jubilee of Mercy
"The Pope has allowed for the reading of the Gospel to be represented theatrically, in order to help the thousands of people with mental disabilities understand what is being read.”

From the Vatican, they explained that starting on Friday, the four major basilicas of Rome will have medical posts installed for comprehensive health care for the homeless. 

This is one of Pope Francis major concerns. In his travels, he has always devoted a great part of his time to the sick and abandoned. These encounters have left their mark on them. At present, these images represent the level of impact. 

POPE FRANCIS
February 15, 2016 (Mexico)
"The therapy of affection is very important. Sometimes a simple caress does wonders for someone's recuperation.”

MSGR. OCTAVIO RUIZ ARENAS
Secretary, Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization
"We know that many times in our ceremonies patients are present in small groups but at this time they will be the protagonists. We want to show the world how many people are suffering and need help.”

The Vatican also reported that Francis has decided to add another general audience in St. Peter's in June, in order to serve the growing number of pilgrims traveling to Rome at this time of year.

So far, the more than 9 million have passed through the Holy Door during the Jubilee. 


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