Novena through John Paul II for Sydney baby

A Sydney family has begun a novena through the intercession of Pope John Paul II for their chronically ill young boy.

The Catholic Weekly reports that baby Jackson Wright has spent much of his life in hospital and has just spent his first birthday in Westmead Children's Hospital suffering pneumonia and a partial collapsed lung.

He and his twin sister Luca were born three months prematurely on 1 July 1 last year to parents Peta and Matthew Wright of Wollongong.

While Luca has progressed well, her brother is still developmentally delayed, requires oxygen due to chronic lung disease and has pulmonary hypertension, even apart from his latest setback.

"This winter has not been good for Jack," his grandmother Maureen Wright told the Weekly.

Maureen, a parishioner at St Francis Xavier's Church, Lurnea, organised the novena among family, friends and other parishioners at Lurnea.

"God may want to use the healing of Jack as a way of promoting the cause for the sainthood of the late Pope," she says.

Novena through John Paul II for baby Jack (Catholic Weekly 10/7/05)

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8 Jul 2005