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Archbishop calls Catholic health care essential for church’s ministry

by Catholic News Service | CatholicPhilly.com  |  published on June 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic health care is an indispensable part of the church’s ministry, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago told the Catholic Health Association June 8 at its annual assembly in Washington on the CHA’s 100th anniversary.

“St. John Paul II spoke of Catholic health care as an ‘essential ministry of the church,’” Archbishop Cupich said. “I would even go further and say that Catholic health care is essential for the church’s entire ministry. What I am suggesting is that you keep fresh for the entire church what ministry is all about.”

The CHA’s centennial “comes at a graced moment in history,” the archbishop added. “Our church is blessed by the fresh insights and new vocabulary offered by Pope Francis. His inspiring writings, and especially ‘Evangelii Gaudium,’ provide us a new context as we reflect on the past, but take up the present and future mission of Catholic health care with new vigor.”

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