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“Are there people sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil. The prayer of faith will save the sick persons. If they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.”. The Book of James. Father Ryan Connors prayed over a Covid-19 patient while he administered a Catholic sacrament, the anointing of the sick, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. For centuries, Catholic priests have anointed the dying with oil. The ritual has become extraordinarily difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. But in rare instances priests have still been able to offer last rites. eyond the glass lay man, unconscious in the ele... Full story

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