World Day of the Sick

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

Pope on Our Lady of Lourdes Feast: The Church is Close to all who are Sick or Frail

Feb 11, 2024

Speaking on a rainy Sunday in Rome from the window of the Apostolic Palace to the crowd huddled under umbrellas below, the pope said that he wanted to express the closeness “of the entire Church to all those who are sick or frail.”

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Shun “individual agendas” in Care for Sick: Catholic Bishops’ Health Commission in Malawi

Feb 10, 2023

Coordinators of the Catholic Health Commission (CHC) in Malawi have told the people of God in the country to shelf their personal agendas while attending to the sick.

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

Pope Francis: Vulnerability Threatens the "culture of efficiency"

Jan 10, 2023

Sickness and vulnerability is scary because it is a threat to the culture of efficiency, Pope Francis said on Tuesday in a message published ahead of the World Day of the Sick.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Current Trying Moments Need “true valentine love,” Catholic Bishop Says

Feb 11, 2022

Nigerians can wade through the challenges facing the country by embracing “true valentine love”, which is characterized by self-denial and sacrifice, a Catholic Bishop in the West African country has said.

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

Visiting the Sick a Christian Imperative: Pope Francis Ahead of the World Day of the Sick

Jan 4, 2022

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

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

Coronavirus Pandemic Has "exposed inefficiencies" in Care of the Sick: Pope Francis

Jan 12, 2021

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

Some Catholic Health Professionals at the St. Maurice Parish, La, Accra during the commemoration of World Day of the Sick in 2019. / Damian Avevor

Catholic Health Professionals in Ghana: “ready to promote human dignity and Life”

Feb 5, 2020

As the universal Church prepares to mark the 28th World Day of the Sick on February 11, the Catholic Health Professionals Guild in Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese has outlined a series of activities to commemorate the day, geared towards the promotion of human dignity and life.

Bishop Serverus Jjumba of Uganda's Masaka Diocese during an interview with ACI Africa Correspondent on January 21, 2020. / Robert Nsubuga, Uganda

Bishop in Uganda Bans Use of “dangerous plastic bags” to Wrap Church Offertories

Jan 27, 2020

The directive by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda that his country’s security agencies enforce the ban on the use of polythene bags into the second year, a Bishop in the East African country has banned the use of plastic bags, popularly known as “kaveera” in wrapping Church offertories, advocating for the use of decomposable materials that are friendly to the environment. 

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Aug. 28, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Solidarity, Subsidiarity Needed to Provide Medical Care to All, Pope Says

Jan 3, 2020

The principles of solidarity and subsidiarity should be used together to ensure everyone, including the person experiencing poverty, has access to suitable healthcare, Pope Francis said Friday.