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Pope sets doves free for world peace

Benedict XVIToday coincides with the ?International Day of Intercession for Peace in the Holy Land?. Together with the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Custodian of the Holy Land, I invite everyone to pray to the Lord that he bring minds and hearts together in concrete peace projects.” In commemoration of World Leprosy Day, the Pope paid a special tribute to those suffering from the disease and their caretakers. Benedict XVIAlthough leprosy is disappearing, it unfortunately continues to affect many who live in severe poverty situations. I assure all the sick a special prayer, which I extend to those who care for them and who in various ways work to eliminate Hansen?s Disease.” Leprosy is still present in some of the poorest regions of the globe. Each day there are at least 700 new cases. Though it is a curable disease, it?s important to diagnose on time to avoid irreversable lesions. The Vatican has denounced the discrimination of those infected with the disease. Even those who have been cured of leprosy, and are no longer contagious, are marginalized out of fear. The Catholic Church is one of the most active institutions battling the disease. It operates 529 leprosy clinics across the world, the majority of which are in Asia.