Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Thirtieth World Day of the Sick
Pope Francis’s message ahead of the World Day of the Sick, reminded us that caring for those who are unwell is not a calling just for a few, but a duty of every Christian.
“I would like to remind everyone that closeness to the sick and their pastoral care is not only the task of certain specifically designated ministers; visiting the sick is an invitation that Christ addresses to all his disciples,” the pope said.
“How many sick and elderly people are living at home and waiting for a visit,” he added. “The ministry of consolation is a task for every baptized person, mindful of the words of Jesus: ‘I was sick, and you visited me.’”