Pope Francis has issued a message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, urging for a ‘therapeutic covenant’ between those who are ill and their caregivers, family members, and others. During his Sunday Angelus address, he recalled that February 11th marks the World Day of the Sick, which highlights the importance of relationships in illness.
The Pope emphasized the importance of close ties with loved ones, health workers, and God. He expressed his solidarity with the sick and frail and prayed for those living in extreme poverty and war zones where fundamental human rights are violated daily.
Pope Francis specifically mentioned the situation in Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims continue to face extreme violence and persecution despite seven years since violence broke out. Rohingya refugees still live in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, where conditions are dire and prospects of returning home remain uncertain.
The Pope also prayed for Ukraine, Palestine, Israel and other territories affected by war or denied fundamental human rights. He renewed his prayers for Myanmar and all those unable to receive medical treatment due to political or social circumstances.
In conclusion, Pope Francis urged us to remember that illness is not just a physical condition but also a spiritual one that requires compassionate care from everyone involved. He encouraged us to establish a therapeutic covenant between ourselves and those who are ill to provide them with love, support, and dignity during their time of need.