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Pope: Christ Is The Real Physician Of Bodies And Souls

Benedicto XVI Although illness is part of the human experience, it is not something we can get used to, not just because sometimes it is very heavy and serious, but essentially because we are made for life, for a life complete.The Pope also published a written message for the World Day of the Sick, much of it focused on sick children, and the medical professionals who treat them. While drawing from Biblical accounts of Jesus? healing miracles, Benedict XVI made a broader spiritual point.Benedict XVI I say that these healings are signs that guide the message of Christ, that guide us toward God, and make us understand that the real and more profound illness of man is the absence of God, the source of truth and love.Benedict XVI also noted the changing conditions of the health care field, and called for closer collaboration between health care professionals and ecclesial communities.The World Day of the Sick is celebrated on February 11th, and coincides with the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Benedict XVI went to Lourdes for a pilgrimage in September of last year. It is one of the most visited Marian shrines in the world, especially for the sick.