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 World Day of the Sick

On 11 February, 2010 the 18th World Day of the Sick was celebrated across the world, calling for all the Christians to take part in the assistance of the sick, the elderly and people with disabilities in their communities.  

Caritas Jordan, through its Volunteers Committees scattered around the Country, strongly committed itself to this event.

In the southern region (Smakeah, Ader and Karak), as well as in the northern area (Ajloun) and in Amman and surroundings ,special holy masses were held during the week, especially on Friday 12th and on Sunday 14th. The effort of dozens of Caritas volunteers made it possible  for many sick, elderly and disabled people to attend this event in one of the many Churches involved in the project. Parishes volunteers also fretted about people who could not attend masses because of

 a physical constraint. For this reason, volunteers from the Marka Committee (Amman area) visited some inpatients at the Fuheis Health Care Center, while volunteers from Zarqa Social Service Committee visited the Zarqa Elderly Center. In addition, Amman volunteers from Marj Hammam, Ashrafye, Jabal Amman and Misdar went to visit the sick and the elderly of their neighborhoods right at their houses.   The World Day  of the Sick was established by Pope John Paul II eighteen years ago and is celebrated every year on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, its primary objective being to raise the ecclesial community’s awareness to the importance of pastoral service in the vast world of health care.

As Pope Benedict XVI said, “Jesus exhorts us to bend over the physical and mental wounds of so many of our brothers and sisters whom we meet on the highways of the world. He helps us to understand that with God's grace, accepted and lived out in our daily life, the experience of sickness and suffering can become a school of hope”.
Caritas deeply believes in the importance of assisting the most vulnerable members of society. On the one side, by providing them material help, such as healthcare and other services. On the other side, by providing them spiritual assistance, so that those who are suffering do not feel lost.









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