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Pope blesses hands of doctors, nurses at pediatric hospital

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The pained faces of children with serious medical conditions and the suffering of their families should inspire doctors and nurses to serve with passion and enthusiasm, Pope Francis said. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu children's hospital Nov. 16, the pope encouraged medical professionals "never to lose the ability to see the suffering face of a child even behind a simple sample to be analyzed, and to hear the cry of parents even within your laboratories.

I am reminded of that question, to which it is difficult to find an answer, from the great (Fyodor) Dostoevsky: 'Why do children suffer?' Always keep this question alive: 'Why does a child suffer?'" Pope Francis said there is no answer to the question, but it must lead to greater care for a suffering child and more prayers to God to intervene. Founded in 1869 by Duchess Arabella and Duke Scipione Salviati, Bambino Gesu children's hospital became the first pediatric hospital on the Italian peninsula. 


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