Categories: General Date: Feb 8, 2017 Title: World Day of the Sick 2017
The Roman Catholic Church celebrates World Day of the Sick annually on February 11, the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year, for the 25th World Day of the Sick, the main Eucharistic celebration will be solemnly celebrated in Lourdes.
This day of prayer, which was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1992, has three themes. First, it reminds the entire Church to pray for those who are sick. Second, the celebration invites all Christians to reflect on and respond to human suffering and pain. Third, this day recognizes and honours all those who work in health care and serve as caregivers.
The message of Pope Francis for this World Day is “Amazement at what God has accomplished: ‘The Almighty has done great things for me’ ” (Lk 1:49).
You are invited to join with the rest of the Church in praying for those who are sick and for those health care professionals and caregivers who minster to them.