The Holy Father chose to go visit the Children’s University Hospital this afternoon after his visit to Auschwitz. The Holy Father was welcomed by the Prime Minister and given a short description of the children’s situation.
In his speech the Holy Father stated that this visit to the hospital was a special part of his visit to Krakow. He expressed how it was his greatest wish to draw near to all the children who are sick by standing at their bedsides to embrace them and pray with them.
Pope Francis highlighted how often we are shown how Jesus was attentive to the sick and would often embrace and seek them out , the Pope stated how he wishes that Christians would learn from the example of Jesus. The Pope thanked the sign of love that the hospital offered for families who sometimes felt alone in providing care for their sick children.
The Pope was then presented with gifts : the one was an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The image has been known for countless healings and special graces and has been honoured and venerated by many Popes. The symbolic representation of this image is significant as the Children Hospital caters for children with terminal illnesses. The Pope went into praying the Hail Mary and invoked her intercession on the pleas of the children.
The Holy Father thanked the healthcare workers who daily showed love for the sick people within hospitals and asked that the Lord may help them to do their work well and reward them with inner peace and hearts capable of tenderness.
The Pope embraced the children afterwards and had one child offer him a drawing , specially made for the Holy Father . He embraced the child in a manner similar as if they were his own children. The Pope stated that we should multiply the works of the culture of acceptance of those who are sick and require care for those who engage in works of mercy have no fear of death.
“I carry you with me in affection and prayer. And please, do not forget to pray for me.” – Pope Francis added before leaving the hospital.