World Day of the Sick

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Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pope Francis on Our Lady of Lourdes feast: The Church is close to all who are sick or frail

Feb 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In his Angelus address, the pope asked people to reflect on what they have done to help the sick and... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young woman during a general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall in December 2022.

Pope Francis: Vulnerability threatens the ‘culture of efficiency’

Jan 10, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Catholic Church will mark the 31st annual World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11, the feast of Our... Read more

Pope Francis visits sick children at the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis: Lack of basic health care access is a ‘social virus’

Feb 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He said the antidote was a ‘culture of fraternity.’ Read more

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis: Visiting the sick is a Christian imperative

Jan 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘How many sick and elderly people are living at home and waiting for a visit!’ Read more

Pilgrims at the Sanctuary Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Photo credits: Sanctuaire ND de Lourdes/Pierre Vincent.

Lourdes shrine invites the sick to find hope through virtual visit

Feb 11, 2021

By Courtney Mares

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the papal delegate for the Marian shrine urged masked pilgrims and virtual... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Coronavirus pandemic has ‘exposed inefficiencies’ in care of the sick

Jan 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic had “exposed inefficiencies in the care of the sick.” Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Aug. 28, 2019.

Solidarity, subsidiarity needed to provide medical care to all, pope says

Jan 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The principles of solidarity and subsidiarity should be used together to ensure everyone, including the person experiencing poverty, has access... Read more

Pope Francis greets a woman before the general audience Dec. 19, 2018.

Pope Francis: Serve the sick with generosity

Jan 8, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

To serve the poor and sick in a generous manner is a powerful form of evangelization, Pope Francis said Tuesday... Read more

Pope Francis greets people with disabilities following the General Audience on Nov. 15, 2017.

Pope Francis: Health care is part of the Church’s mission

Dec 11, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Just as Jesus healed people during his earthly mission, care for the sick is a mission the entire Church is... Read more

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski presents the Pope's message for the World Day of the Sick on Jan. 29, 2013.

Pope's World Day of the Sick message in Arabic for first time

Jan 29, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI is having his message for this year's World Day of the Sick published in Arabic for the... Read more