Depression is always a spiritual trial - Pastoral Care on the Theme of Depression - Saint Pope John Paul II (2003)

by Pope Saint John Paul II  |  11/14/2003  |  Catholic Church Documents

Address of John Paul II to the participants in the 18th International Conference promoted by the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care on the theme of depression.

Dear Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood,
Dear Friends,

1. I am pleased to meet you on the occasion of the International Conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care on the theme of "Depression". I thank Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán for his kind words on behalf of those present.

I greet the distinguished Specialists, who came to offer the fruit of their research in order to further knowledge of this pathology, so as to improve treatment and provide the right type of assistance to those concerned and to their families.

Likewise, my appreciation goes to those who are dedicated to the service of persons with depression, helping them to retain their trust in life. My thoughts naturally extend to families who are accompanying their loved one with affection and sensitivity.

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