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- Hospitals & Prisons

Visiting Hospitals and Prisons

Hospital VisitationIf seafarers are committed to hospital in foreign ports, their ships must usually leave without them. The representative of the ship's agent in port is responsible for paying for medical care. Not all of them will take the trouble to visit a sick seafarer and attend to his or her emotional and spiritual needs.

Occasionally visiting seafarers are accused of crimes, arrested and imprisoned. In some parts of the world there are frequent instances of fishers being arrested for having entered the territorial waters of another country.

In all such cases, those involved may feel isolated and distressed. If they do not speak the local language, they may have problems communicating with doctors, police or judges. the Apostleship of the Sea pastoral workers visit seafarers in hospitals and prisons offering friendship and practical care.

Hospital visitation Brazil

When seafarers are admitted to hospital in port, often their ships must sail without them. For Fr Samuel Fonseca, the Apostleship of the Sea chaplain in the port of Santos, visiting sick or injured seafarer in hospital is an important part of his ministry.

Photograph: Fr Samuel is visiting seafarers in the Santa Clara Hospital de Beneficencia Portuguesa accompanied by Jennifer Palomino, a fulltime employee at the Stella Maris Centre in Santos, Brazil.

The King will say

. . . come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me

. . . and the King will answer

In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me. (Mt 25: 34-40)

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