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"The important mission of the Church" in pastoral healthcare finds inspiration in the teaching of Blessed John Paul II, but especially in his testimony of the "slow Calvary, which marked his last years", with a "vision of pain and suffering illuminated by the death and resurrection of Christ", said Pope Benedict XVI Saturday as he greeted participants at the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Healthcares plenary assembly. The meeting, which is in its 26th edition, opened two days ago in the Vatican on the theme "Pastoral health care at the service of life in the light of the Magisterium of Blessed John Paul II". In his address, Pope Benedict recalled the commitment his predecessor to the sick: The ...