Vatican City, Feb 4, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, presented on Thursaday at the Vatican Press office the program of the Twelfth World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated from February 9 to 11 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Cardinal Lozano explained that this year the World Day of the Sick will take place in Lourdes because “this year marks the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and it was in Lourdes that Mary in one of her apparitions said that she was the Immaculate Conception.”
The theme for the event will be “The Immaculate Conception and Health Care in the Christian Roots of Europe.”
February 9th will be dedicated to studying the situation of health care ministry in every country in Europe.