Pope Francis has issued a message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, urging for a “therapeutic covenant” between the sick and their caregivers, family members, and others. During his Sunday Angelus address, he emphasized the importance of relationships in illness and highlighted how the closeness of loved ones, health workers, and God can bring healing and comfort to those who are ill.
The Pope also spoke out about the violation of fundamental human rights in various parts of the world. He specifically mentioned Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims face extreme violence and persecution. Seven years after violence broke out in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees continue to live in dire conditions in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar with uncertain prospects of returning home.
Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the sick and frail while praying for those living in territories of war such as Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel. He renewed his prayers for Myanmar and all those who are unable to receive medical treatment, especially in Palestine and Myanmar. The Pope’s message serves as a reminder that relationships and compassion are essential elements in providing care for the sick and vulnerable populations around the world.