Cardinal Barragan to address Catholics in Healthcare

 Vatican healthcare specialist Cardinal Barragan will be delivering the keynote speech for the annual Catholics in Healthcare seminar on 28 June. The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan will address an audience of healthcare and social care professionals at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. The title of his address is "What is Pastoral Healthcare according to the Gospels, the teaching of John Paul II and Benedict XVI and how this is being developed in the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care". The Cardinal is keen to encourage the Catholics in Healthcare initiative as a model for collaborative work in this field. In addition to the annual seminars and regular meetings, the group has published two guides about Caring for the Catholic Patient for healthcare professionals and a website: These guides received backing from the Secretary of State for Health and the Shadow Secretary of State as valuable resources for all healthcare workers. Other speakers at the seminar will be Bishop Tom Williams, auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, Dr James Hanvey SJ and Jim McManus, assistant director of Health Improvement at Barking and Dagenham PCT and lead public health specialist for the North East London Cardiac Network, which serves East London's 1.5 million residents. Throughout this year there will be a number of events across England & Wales. Next year Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor will be celebrating Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 16 February, to mark the World Day of the Sick and the 150th anniversary of the apparitions to St Bernadette of Lourdes. Next Summer there will be an Catholics in Healthcare international conference at St Mary's University College in Twickenham. The seminar at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital will take place between 10.30am and 4.30pm on 28 June. For further information or to book a seminar place contact Liz Taite on 020 7901 4828; email or see:

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