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Poor relief and care of the sick 62 30 in the middle ages. Tthe sick and the poor was receive the streams of pilgrims who medical care was practically non-cure sudden bouts of fever in people andcattle, a valuable blessing in times whencentury religious institutions werecommissioned to equip hospices towo familiar parables from thebible explain the way the care of organised in the middle ages and began to travel through Europe on their existent. Maastricht owed its reputation afterwards until the French period. The way to Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de as place of pilgrimage mainly to Sint best known parable is the one of the Compostela or Rocamadour, the major Servaas. good Samaritan, who lifts an injured Christian places of pilgrimage. All the Over the centuries, religious robbery victim up and carries him to a major churches on these pilgrim routes institutions gathered fabulous wealth, hospice and pays for his care. In the tried to profit from the streams of mainly in the form of land, because the second parable, Jesus says that it is pilgrims. The worship of relics of saints inheritances of monks and nuns fell to easier for a camel to pass through the was very popular, because it brought the monasteries on their deaths. Also eye of a needle than for a heartless, salvation of the soul and helped to ward people who did not enter a monastery uncharitable, rich man to go to heaven. off diseases and ailments. In his crypt bequeathed their possessions to religious Indeed, the care of sick and poor people church, Sint Servaas kept the key that institutions hoping in this way to buy a as well as pilgrims was mainly could open heaven. According to legend, piece of heaven. These revenues enabled undertaken by churches, monasteries it was presented to him by Sint Petrus in chapters and monasteries to provide care and parishes and their hospices. Also person when Sint Servaas was in Rome for the sick and the poor and hospitality pious, wealthy citizens were sometimes on a pilgrimage. Another reason why Sint to large numbers of pilgrims. As a matter known to establish hospices. In the ninth Servaas was worshiped was his ability to of fact, poor relief and care for the sick capuchins cell brothers grey sisters


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