Vatican’s World Day of Sick Held in Washington Feb. 9-11

February 03, 2003

Vatican representatives, bishops from the Americas and health care professionals will gather in Washington February 9-11 to discuss Catholic health care, globalization and bioethics, and to pray for the sick, during the 11th Annual World Day of the Sick. This will be the first time this Vatican-sponsored event has been held in the United States.

The three-day program will include two Masses open to the public, an anointing of the sick, dialogue among bishops from the Americas about health care in their nations and a study day for health care professionals. The World Day of the Sick is sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health Care to thank health care professionals, to pray for the sick and to reflect on the Catholic Church’s teachings. The Council’s president, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, will represent Pope John Paul II at the event. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will be the host.

Information on the World Day of the Sick is available at 301-853-4599 and worlddayofthesick.org. A schedule of events open to the media is below:

Sunday, February 9, 9:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE

Opening Mass for World Day of the Sick. Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be principal celebrant. Open to the public and media (audio mult available).

Monday, February 10, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd., NE (near Catholic University)

Nearly 300 health care professionals will gather for keynotes and discussions on Catholic health care, globalization and bioethics. Open to media, but registration has closed for the public.

9:30 a.m. Keynote: Globalization and Catholic Health Care in the Americas, Bishop John Ricard, SSJ, Chair of the U.S. Bishops’ International Policy Committee
10:00 a.m. Panel discussion with representatives from Canada, Chile and the United States
1:30 p.m. Keynote: Bioethical Issues and Catholic Health Care in the Americas, Bishop John Nienstedt, Bishop of New Ulm
2:00 p.m. Panel discussion with Catholic bioethicists from the United States
4:30 p.m. Address: New Paradigm: the Position of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care on Bioethics, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan
5:00 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick

Tuesday, February 11, 1:30 p.m. confessions; 2:30 p.m. Mass
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE

World Day of the Sick Mass and anointing of the sick will be held on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health Care, will be principal celebrant and will read a special message from Pope John Paul II. During Mass, Catholics who are seriously ill or elderly will receive the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. The Mass will be aired live on EWTN cable network. Open to the public and media (audio mult available).

Contact:
Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
301-853-4515
[email protected]