| POPE PREPARES TO WELCOME THE SICK TO THE GREAT
| Launches Monthly Prayer Meeting in Basilica of St. Mary Major
VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT).- Each month during the Jubilee there will be a special prayer
meeting for the sick at St. Mary Major's Basilica. In his "Angelus" message today, the Holy Father
explained this event.
The prayer service is a special invitation by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistence to
Health Care Workers to all the sick who will come on pilgrimage to Rome, and to the health
agents and volunteers who look after them.
When meeting several thousand pilgrims this morning in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father
pointed out, "The prayer for the success of the Jubilee and for the physical and spiritual health of
those who suffer will be entrusted to the intercession of the Mother of God."
Consequently, Rome will mobilize in a very special way every Tuesday of the last week of every
month to offer special moments of recollection and prayer for the sick. Although the first such
meeting will take place on January 25, the largest event planned for the sick and their helpers is
their own special Jubilee celebration on February 11, when the Holy Father will celebrate a Mass
in St. Peter's Basilica and impart the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
The Pontiff invited all the sick worldwide and those who care for them "to keep this initiative in
mind, and to join spiritually in these meetings from their residences and nursing homes."