Patients at the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital will enjoy a circus on January 17 to bring a little joy to this difficult time of their lives.
The event is in the run-up to the annual February 11 celebration of the World Day for the Sick and is co-sponsored by the hospital and the Vatican Ministry for Integral Human Development.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of this congregation, said he hopes the artists can give the children a little joy in the midst of their trials. The clowns and acrobats of the Italian circus will use their talents to relieve the “burden of pain” that both patients and their parents feel, the cardinal reflected. And, he added, to bring a little joy to the healthcare professionals in the “extraordinary mission they do every day in the service of others.”
Before the show, the cardinal prefect celebrates a mass in the hospital chapel with the French archbishop Bruno Marie Duffé, secretary of the same monastery. Patients, families and medical staff will attend mass, as well as circus representatives.
Amazement and pleasure at the performance of a clown or acrobat are among the most effective tools to make children smile, reflected the president of Bambino Gesù, especially since many of these children usually cannot leave their room.