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During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis commemorated World Day of the Sick, urging physically and spiritually closeness to all those who are sick.

The reporter for Vatican News

The thirty-first World Day of the Sick was established by Pope John Paul II "to encourage the people of God, Catholic health institutions, and civil society to be increasingly attentive to the sick and those who care for them."

"Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36) is this year's theme: "Stand beside those who suffer on a path of charity."

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis recalled the day, saying he wanted to "keep in mind our dear sick people so that everyone can be assured of health care and spiritual accompaniment." Let us pray for our brothers and sisters, their families, health-care and pastoral-care workers, and everyone who looks after them."

The Pope also mentioned Our Lady of Lourdes' feast day while remembering the elderly and sick. The recognition of the Lourdes Apparitions is 160 years old this year.

"I wish for each of you to imitate the Blessed Virgin in her complete surrender to God's will." "May her example and intercession serve as an encouragement to you as you strengthen your testimony to the Gospel," the Pope said.

Helping the sick

Pope Francis reaffirms the mission of welcoming and accompanying the sick in his message for World Day for the Sick in 2022.

"The patient comes first, always, over his illness, which is why any therapeutic approach must include listening... How can we forget, in this respect, the many patients who were isolated during the pandemic?"


"Even when healing isn't possible, care can always be provided," the Pope added. It is always possible to console, to create a sense of closeness that is more concerned with the person than with his or her pathology."

Because of the pandemic, the 30th World Day of the Sick will not be held as planned in Arequipa, Peru. Holy Mass will now be held in St. Peter's Basilica on February 11th.




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