27/01/2017 4:04 pm
The Catholic Church has a rich history of stepping up to offer services to society at times when the state has struggled to provide for all. One of the Church's strongest suits, then and now, is heath and social care provision.
It is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers has reported that the Church manages a quarter of the world's health care facilities.
In today's 'Catholic News' podcast, recorded ahead of the World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2017, we speak to one of our newest bishops - a man who is also the lead bishop here at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales for Heath and Social Care.
Bishop Paul Mason, an auxilary Bishop of Southwark, joins us in the studio for the first time.
In this podcast, we get to know Bishop Paul a little better, discuss his years of experience as a hospital chaplain and look to the future of healthcare chaplaincy and the need to bring our uniquely Catholic perspective to this vital role.
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You can listen to or download this podcast using the SoundCloud player at the top of this article.