Vatican official urges nurses to challenge commercialised medical care
A Vatican official has asked Catholic nurses worldwide to make their profession more humane by challenging a trend that increasingly commercialises medical care.
"A nurse is the immediate realisation of the humanisation of medicine," Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan said as he opened a convention of world Catholic nurses in southern India.
The archbishop, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, said nurses are heralds of "resurrection" with a mission "to radiate the mercy of God to the sick and suffering."
About 850 delegates from 38 nations took part in the 17th World Congress of the International Committee of the Catholic Nurses and Medical Social Assistance, which concluded last week in Bangalore.
LABOUR UNION SEEKS PAPAL HELP TO SOLVE DISPUTE
Striking workers from four South Korean Catholic hospitals have gone to the Vatican to seek the help of Pope John Paul II to resolve labour disputes that have gone on for months.
The Korean Health and Medical Workers' Union announced that the nine-member delegation left Korea on 21 October. They went with the aim of asking the pope to help settle "long-term labour disputes" in the Catholic hospitals, said Lee Joo-ho, director of the union's international affairs department.
"The delegation will stage a sit-in protest in the Vatican if the meeting with the pope is not arranged by Christmas," Lee told UCA News.
The delegates represent union members at three hospitals of Seoul archdiocese's Catholic Medical Center and the Catholic Hospital in Mokpo in Kwangju archdiocese.
Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care
Javier Lozano Barragán: biographical note
National Association of Catholic Nurses USA
Irish Guild of Catholic Nurses
UK Catholic Nurses Guild
31 Oct 2002