Vatican City, Apr 11, 2017 / 09:56 am
The caresses born of love are the most important medicine, Pope Francis told a group of patients, families, and doctors from Rome's Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital on Monday.
"There is the danger, the risk of forgetting the most important medicine that only a family can give: caresses! It is a form of medicine that is too costly, because to have it, to be able to do this, you must give everything, you must give all your heart, all your love," Pope Francis said April 10. "And you give them this affection, the caresses of the doctors, the nurses, the director, everyone."
The patients, ages 5-18, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, where he told them that "Each of you is a story. Not only the sick children, but also the doctors, the nurses, those who visit, the families."
He recalled his Dec. 15, 2016 meeting with the group, saying that on that occasion the physicians "introduced the people to me. They all knew everyone's names: 'This one is fighting this disease…'."