In Rome today, Pope Francis, before his weekly Angelus, reflected on Matthew’s Gospel passage: “Come to me, all you who are weary & burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Although there have been problems and complaints in the past, the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital is working to resolve them. This statement from Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who oversees the hospital
The Associated Press reported last week that the Vatican formed a commission in 2014 to study complaints and concerns about unsafe medical protocols, overcrowding & practices that are focused on revenues rather than care. Now, the Vatican confirmed in a written statement that, "After hearing complaints about care at the hospital three years ago, the Holy See moved quickly to study them seriously. After collecting feedback, a clinical team was commissioned to investigate the complaints. The team found an exceptional level of care at the hospital, and that the accusations were unfounded."
When Pope Francis met with staff and patients of the Bambino Gesu hospital last December, he emphasized how all those working in the field of health care must help their patients, and be on guard against the slippery slope of corruption that begins with special favors, tips and bribes. "The worst cancer in a hospital like this is corruption," he said. Bambino Gesu hospital must learn to say no. Yes, we all are sinners. But corrupt, never!"
In early May, the Pope announced that CapuchinFather Solanus Casey has met the requirements for beatification and will be named “blessed”. And now it’s officially confirmed that the beatification ceremony for Fr. Casey will take place this November 18th at Ford-Field in Detroit.
Fr. Casey will be the second US-born man to achieve such a designation and the first person from Michigan. Father Casey, born in Wisconsin in 1870, spent most of his adult life and ministry in Detroit. He helped establish the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929 to feed hungry people during the Great Depression.
The approved miracle for his beatification, involved a woman with an incurable genetic skin disease who prayed at Father Casey’s tomb asking for the friar’s intercession upon which she received an instant and visible healing.
The miraculous nature of her cure was verified by doctors in her home country, in Detroit and in Rome, all of whom confirmed there was no scientific explanation. Fr.Casey himself died of a skin disease in 1957. For more on the life of Fr. Casey you can visit the official Solanus Casey website listed below:
And finally, if you are in the Chicago area tonight, you might want to come out to the Archdiocese of Chicago's Theology On Tap event happening at the Old Crow Smoke House at 7pm.
Salt and Light’s very own Fr.Tom Rosica, along with Cardinal Cupich and America Magazine's, Michael O'Loughlin will be present to kick off the first event in the series, which will discuss: “What do young adults have in common with Pope Francis?” Admission is free, but there are over 500 confirmed, so to guarantee your spot, it would be best to register. For more information on the entire set of sessions, you may visit their website at: tot.chicago.org
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