Pope Francis issued a message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, urging for a “therapeutic covenant” between people who are ill and their caregivers, family members, and others. During his Sunday Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, he reminded the faithful that February 11th marks the World Day of the Sick, which highlights the importance of relationships in illness. He emphasized the significance of loved ones, health workers, and God’s role in healing.
The Pope also spoke about the many people who are denied basic rights to care and life. He mentioned those living in extreme poverty and regions ravaged by war, where human rights are routinely violated. Specifically, he referenced the situation in Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims face extreme violence and persecution. Despite seven years since violence erupted in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees continue to live in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar under dire conditions with uncertain prospects of returning home.
Pope Francis also prayed for Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel during his address. He expressed concern for those affected by territories of war and denied fundamental human rights. In addition to these areas of conflict, he renewed his prayers for Myanmar and all those unable to receive medical treatment due to political or religious persecution.