Sincere care for the sick The suffering body of Jesus, which is an expression from the heart, was the focus of a letter addressed by Pope Francis to the President of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, to which Gemelli Hospital belongs.
Following his letter to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gemelli University Hospital Foundation, where he underwent the operation on July 4, His Holiness Pope Francis addressed a letter to the President of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, to which the hospital belongs, Franco Agnelli. At the beginning of his message, the Holy Father said that upon his discharge from the hospital and his return to the Vatican, he wanted to go to him and the university with feelings of gratitude and love for the closeness he experienced, for the sincere and caring affection that he saw in all of his faces, as well as for the professionalism of all those who cared for him.
Pope Francis continued that caring is an expression from the heart, and stressed that the University of the Sacred Heart bears a name that is a call to care for the human person. In this context, His Holiness recalled that his hospitalization period came during the year in which the Catholic University completed a century of life, which it celebrated under a slogan that the Holy Father was greatly influenced by, according to what he continued, which is “a century of the future.” Pope Francis added that the cultural and integral strengthening of the human person does indeed open the door to the future, and went on to see firsthand that there is no time in the halls of Gemelli Hospital to nostalgia or weep for the past, as the suffering body of Jesus in patients of all ages and in different circumstances calls for a present Attentive, able to sow hope in moments of fatigue and to look forward.
At the conclusion of his letter to Franco Agnelli, President of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, to which Gemelli Hospital is affiliated, His Holiness Pope Francis renewed his expression of gratitude and blessings to the President of the University, his family and those who make up the Catholic University family. He also asked the Holy Father to always have a place in their prayers.