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Cardinal Clancy appointed Papal Envoy to the World Day of the Sick
    The Holy Father has appointed Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney his Special Envoy to the IX World Day of the Sick to be held in Sydney on 11 February.
    He said: "It is a great honour and privilege to represent the Holy Father on any occasion and therefore, I am very honoured to be his representative for this current pontifical World Day of the Sick," said Cardinal Clancy in response to his appointment.
    As Papal Envoy, Cardinal Clancy will be officially acknowledged in his capacity as Papal Envoy by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Mr Frank Sartor, with an 'invitation only' Civic Reception to be held at the Town Hall on Friday 9 February. Also in attendance will be the official Vatican delegation, comprising 19 people, including the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Workers, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan.
    The theme for the Ninth World Day of the Sick is, The New Evangelisation and the Dignity of the Suffering Person. In His Message for this celebrations the Holy Father said Australia has been chosen as the host of this year's celebrations because, "its cultural and ethnic wealth highlights the close bond of ecclesial communion: this bond transcends distances and fosters the encounter of different cultural identities made fruitful by one liberating message of salvation".
    On Saturday 10 February, a Conference sharing its theme with that of the World Day of the Sick, will be held at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney. The Conference is designed to provide participants with a forum to network and share their experiences in serving in the health and aged care systems throughout the world.
    The World Day of the Sick program will culminate with the celebration of the Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney at 2:30pm on Sunday, 11 February with Cardinal Edward Clancy as the Principal Celebrant.