11 February 2021

World Day of the Sick

Today, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Church observes the 29th World Day of the Sick. The theme for this year is "You have but one teacher and you are all brothers" (Matthew 23:8). World Day of the Sick is a time, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, to "to reflect upon the mystery of suffering and above all to make our communities and civil society more sensitive to our sick brothers and sisters."

To access Pope Francis' message for this year's observance of World Day of the Sick, please visit:

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the XXVIII World Day of the Sick 2021

Background information:

National Association of Catholic Chaplains: World Day of the Sick

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