One of the pillars of Lebanon’s tradition of Catholic-run health care is Geitaoui Hospital, which has a special patronage to St. Charbel, in Beirut.
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Inspired by the way Jesus reached out to the sick and healed them, Catholic hospitals make extraordinary efforts to bring healing and care to all their patients
Vatican News reported that the Pope took the step in “the light of financial difficulties faced by a number of Catholic health facilities run by religious orders, who are sometimes forced to sell them.”
On July 12, the Vatican confirmed that the 84-year-old pope would remain at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital for “a few more days” before being discharged, “to optimize the medical and rehabilitation therapy.”
On July 11, Pope Francis led the Sunday Angelus from a balcony on the 10th floor of the Gemelli Hospital, where his operation and recovery are taking place.
Pope Francis said that even when Catholic hospitals face economic difficulties, it is vital to remember that “the Church’s vocation is not to have money, but to serve, and service is always free.”
“Dear Pope Francis, feel my prayer like I felt yours when I was sick,” wrote a girl named Giulia, who has undergone treatment at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital.
On the fifth day of the Pope’s recovery in the hospital after an almost three-hour surgery that removed part of his colon, the Pope is able to move and eat unassisted, and is no longer in need of intravenous treatment, the Vatican said.
For the rest of this week, Pope Francis is scheduled to stay in Gemelli University Hospital located atop Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome.
COMMENTARY: Religious hospitals serve the public, and promote the public good, but they should not be expected to sacrifice or compromise their character, their mission, or their foundation.