Pope Francis Calls for ‘Therapeutic Covenant’ on World Day of the Sick, Urges Solidarity with Persecuted and Disenfranchised

Pope offers prayers for Myanmar, Palestine, and Israel on World Day of the Sick

Pope Francis has released a message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, calling for a ‘therapeutic covenant’ between people who are ill and their caregivers, family members, and others. During his Sunday Angelus, he addressed the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, recalling that the 11th of February marks the World Day of the Sick, which draws attention to the importance of relationships in illness.

The Pope emphasized the importance of the closeness of loved ones, health workers, and God in supporting those who are sick and frail. He expressed his solidarity with those who are denied access to healthcare and basic human rights due to poverty or war. Specifically, he mentioned the situation in Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims continue to suffer from extreme violence and persecution seven years after violence broke out there.

Pope Francis prayed for Ukraine, Palestine, Israel and renewed his prayers for Myanmar and all those who are unable to receive medical treatment. He urged people around the world to recognize their responsibility to protect fundamental human rights and work towards peace and justice for all people.

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