Bethlehem: the elderly of Antonian Charitable Society celebrate World Day of the Sick

Giacomo Pizzi11 February 2016

Today 11 February the 24th WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2016 is solemnly celebrated in Nazareth. In the meantime, various celebrations took place in the Holy Land.

On Monday His Eminence William Shomali, Archbishop of Jerusalem and patriarchal vicar, held a solemn mass in Bethlehem in the Church of St. Catherine, together with a representative of the Pontifical Council of Rome.

The most touching moments were the reading of the Gospel in Syriac by His Eminence Boutros Moshe, Bishop of the diocese of Mosul, Kurdistan and Kirkuk, and the anointing of the sick with the holy chrism. The focus of the homely was the theme of the day: Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).

Let’s remember the message of His Holiness Pope Francis“On this World Day of the Sick let us ask Jesus in his mercy, through the intercession of Mary, his Mother and ours, to grant to all of us this same readiness to be serve those in need, and, in particular, our infirm brothers and sisters.

The Holy Mass was attended by many people, and especially by the elderly women of the nursing home of the Antonian Charitable Society, together with the members of the Elderly Club who usually meet on Monday and spend the day together.

After the celebration elderly, sick and poor met at the Casanova Hotel, the guesthouse of the Franciscan friars in Bethlehem, to share the joy of a meal offered by Association pro Terra Sancta.

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