We receive countless visitors to each one of our hospitals daily – but it’s not often that we welcome someone with the prestige of His Beatitude Antonios Cardinal Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Coptic Catholic Church.
Time out – most of you are probably wondering what that all means, right? Let me level with you: Besides “Cardinal,” I sure didn’t know what his title meant when I first saw it. So I did my research and I hope this will help sort it all out for you:
Antonios Naguib is an Egyptian Cardinal-Bishop in the College of Cardinals, a group of approximately 200 advisors to the Pope. He is also the head of the Coptic Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See and he is the only Eastern Catholic Patriarch eligible to vote in a papal conclave (the gathering of the College of Cardinals in which they elect the next Pope).
Does that make a little more sense? No: check out this link. Yes: Read on.
Well, it turns out that aside from all of his duties as Cardinal and the head of an entire Church, His Beatitude is also the proud uncle of Michael Barsoom, MD – our director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (and, between you and me, the doctor you want in your corner should you be diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy!). So he graciously agreed to offer a blessing at the place in which his nephew offers so much hope to his patients: Bergan Mercy’s brand new Labor & Delivery, Postpartum and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, as well as the Nursery and Dr. Barsoom’s Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic.
It was truly a special day for all involved, including staff members and several of Dr. Barsoom’s patients and former patients, and to top it all off, His Beatitude took some time to celebrate a beautiful Mass at Bergan Mercy’s Our Lady of Hope Sister Norita Cooney Chapel. Click here to check out some of the pictures from the service and from the rest of the blessed day.