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Indonesian Catholics flock to hospitals on Day for Sick

Muslim patients take special place in celebrations to mark annual event

Indonesian Catholics flock to hospitals on Day for Sick

Catholic patients in St. Elisabeth Hospital in Bekasi, West Java attend Mass on the World Day of the Sick on Feb.11 (Photo supplied)

 

Konradus Epa, Jakarta
Indonesia

February 13, 2018

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Indonesian Catholics visited and prayed for the sick and even distributed prayer books to Muslim patients, as part of effort to mark World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11

A special Mass was held at St. Elisabeth Hospital in Bekasi, West Java, led by Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta.

In Manado Diocese, in North Sulawesi, Sacred Heart Bishop Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu also led a Mass for the sick. After the Mass, the Catholics visited patients and distributed rosaries to them.

In Panti Rapih Catholic Hospital in Yogyakarta, Catholics distributed Muslim prayer books and tasbih (Rosary Beads) to Muslim patients.

The World Day of the Sick was introduced by St. John Paul II in May 1992, and was first celebrated in Lourdes, France on Feb. 11, 1993.

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