- Jan 15, 2021
Praising those who help the sick and praying for those who are sick, Pope Francis called on Christians to practice what they preach, including by guaranteeing equal access to health care for all people.
The World Day of the Sick is a day “to be in solidarity with the suffering” of those who are ill and infirm, according to Bishop Allwyn D’Silva, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Bombay.
Just in time for the Feb. 11 celebration of World Day of the Sick, Ghana’s National Catholic Health Service has opened St. Pauline Clinic, dedicated to diabetic care and other noncommunicable diseases.
This year’s World Day of the Sick kicked off early in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, the city associated with Mother Teresa, the Church’s great patron saint of the sick.
Generously caring for the sick and the marginalized is the best way to combat a culture of waste and indifference that seeks to control and manipulate life, Pope Francis said.
The World Day of the Sick will be celebrated Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, with the theme: “Mater Ecclesiae: ‘Behold, your son… Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-27).”