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Pope Francis Prays for People with Scleroderma

Letter of Greeting from The Holy See to Delegates and Patients at the Third Systemic Sclerosis World Congress in Rome.

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FESCA banner; members got VIP seating during the Papal General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Feb. 5, 2014.

Leading up to the Third Systemic Sclerosis World Congress in Rome, members of FESCA (Federation of European Scleroderma Associations) were given special seating in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican for the Pope’s weekly general audience. Pope Francis stopped to pray with some scleroderma patients as he made his way around the square to greet crowds, and issued a blessing to everyone participating at the World Congress;

“His Holiness Pope Francis sends cordial greetings and good wishes to all taking part in the Third Systemic Sclerosis World Congress in Rome these days. He trusts that this exchange of experiences, research and future outlooks will prove fruitful for combating this devastating disease and providing effective care and support to patients and their families. Conscious of the generosity and dedication with which so many health care professionals throughout the world daily place their skills at the service of our brothers and sisters in need, he prays that, in confronting the mystery of human suffering, they will always find the strength to bring hope amid the contradictions of this world.

Upon the participants in the World Congress, their colleagues, patients and families, the Holy Father invokes the Lord’s Blessings of joy and peace.”


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