Pope Asks Mary to Help the Ill With Their Cross

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 10, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today reminded those who are ill that Thursday is the World Day of the Sick, and he asked the Blessed Virgin to help those who are sick to bear their crosses.

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In his customary greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds at the end of the general audience, the Pope highlighted today the intercession of the Virgin Mary. The World Day of the Sick is celebrated each year on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

“May Mary Immaculate help you, dear young people, to always be faithful in the commitment to follow Christ,” he said.

“May she turn her look full of love and tenderness toward you, dear sick people, and sustain you in bearing your cross with serenity, in union with that of Christ,” the Holy Father added. “May she enlighten you, dear newlyweds, in the family path you have just begun, and render it rich in goods and open to life, gift of the Lord.”

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