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World Leprosy Day

On the last Sunday of January, people all around the world celebrate World Leprosy Day. It’s a day we can set aside to raise awareness of people affected by leprosy.

The French humanitarian Raoul Follereau selected the date for World Leprosy Day. He wanted to pay homage to the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his death on 30th January 1948. Inspired by Jesus, Gandhi had a lifelong compassion for people affected by leprosy.

To celebrate the day, we’re encouraging people to pray for people affected by leprosy or host a Cuppa for a Cure event. You can say a prayer in your private worship, with your loved ones, or include it in your church’s service. You might like to use The Leprosy Mission Prayer.

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