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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announces the Publishing of a New Book, Pope Francis: Embrace of Hope - Compassion in Times of Illness

June 22, 2018

 WASHINGTON—  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making available a new book, Pope Francis: Embrace of Hope - Compassion in Times of Illness. The book is filled with the Pope's insight and inspiration for all who face the test of sickness and illness.

In this book, Pope Francis shows how hope is found in seeing and experiencing illness in the light of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Holy Father reveals how grace grows in times of illness when:

*Christians bring the peace of Christ to the sick through service and care.

*Difficult moments become the path to forge stronger relationships with family, communities, and with Christ.

*Men and women in science cultivate and apply God's gift of creation for the treatment and cure of diseases, setting free the oppressed.

*Christ sets one free, helps one endure, and allows suffering for the sake of a greater joy yet to come.

This work is a collection of Pope Francis's most significant words to the sick. It is a series of valuable reflections, considerations, and prayers taken from his speeches, messages, homilies, and Angeluses over a period of about four years, from his election to the See of Peter to June 2017.

This easy-to-read book has the best of Pope Francis's reflections on this challenging human experience. Presented in an elegant design, this small book is easy to take with you and an important read for all those facing illness, for caregivers, health care professionals, as well as health care professionals, educators and researchers.

The USCCB has made the book available for order online at

Keywords: Pope Francis, Embrace of Hope, Compassion in Times of Illness, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, sickness, illness, Jesus Christ, Holy Father.


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Judy Keane



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