The Relics of Blessed John Paul II at Tiber Island Hospital

From 21 to 23 November, 2012, a relic of Blessed John Paul II was exposed at Tiber Island Hospital. Large numbers of patients and visitors flocked to see it. The initiative was made possible thanks to the Rome Diocesan Office for the Pastoral Care of the Sick. The officials of the Office offered all the health care and welfare facilities in Rome the possibility of receiving the relic for a few days, to expose it to public devotion.

Suffering and standing by the side of those who suffer: those who experience these two situations in the faith establish a particular relationship with the sufferings of Christ and are admitted to share "a very special particle of the infinite treasure of the world's Redemption". These were the words of John Paul II himself, in his Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris written in 1984 and addressed to the bishops, priests, Religious families, and the faithful of the Catholic Church on the Christian meaning of human suffering.

The Hospital’s pastoral team drew up a programme with numerous events for the occasion. There were times of prayer both in the church and in the hospital chapel. At the patients’ request, the relic was taken to their own bedside in their rooms. The volunteers at the Hospital played a crucial role in implementing this programme.

 

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