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Science and Medicine

2003-09-03

EUROPE/ITALY - NATIONAL MEETING OF ITALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR PASTORAL FOR HEALTH CARE

Rome (Fides Service) – “Happy the person who cares for the weak” is the theme of the annual meeting of the Italian Association for Pastoral for the Sick which will take place 6-10 October in Collevalenza. The Meeting will reflect on the four elements expressed in the theme: happiness, the person, caring, the weak”. The meeting, which will have a cultural character, will highlight the universal desire for happiness in all walks of life. Conferences will address the subject from various aspects: psychological “Happiness and human maturity”; a biblical view of happiness; a spiritual dimension by Carmelite Father Jesus Castellano Cervera , “The spirituality of joy”. Participants will also be presented with testimony by people who have opened new paths of care and assistance including “clown Doctors” who spread joy especially in paediatric wards; mutual aid groups “Out of the Dark” and the “Blessed are We” Disabled Association. Among those present, the Director of the National Office for Pastoral of Health of the Italian Bishops’ Conferences, national leaders of health pastoral and several Bishops concerned with this aspect of pastoral, including Bishop Decio Lucio Grandoni and Bishop Pietro Bottacioli of Gubbio. (AP) (Fides Service 3/9/2003 EM lines 15 Words: 212)

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