On Monday, Feb. 11, Catholics around the globe observe the 21st annual World Day of the Sick. Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) reminds us that since 1992, the Catholic Church has celebrated World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11 — the day on which the church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes — under the sponsorship of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. World Day of the Sick has three consistent themes. First, it reminds the faithful to pray intensely and sincerely for those who are sick. Second, the celebration invites Christians to reflect on and respond to human suffering. And third, this day recognizes and honors all persons who work in health care and serve as caregivers.
In 2013, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the 21st World Day of the Sick will be solemnly celebrated at the Marian Shrine of Altötting in Germany.
In a message for the 2013 World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI calls on everyone to be a good Samaritan and concretely help those in need. Thanking those who care for the sick and elderly, the pope underlines the church’s fundamental role in “lovingly and generously accepting every human being, especially those who are weak and sick.”
source: Catholic Health Association of the United States
Click here to visit the CHA web site for CHA’s 2013 World Day of the Sick Prayer Card
Click here to visit the Vatican web site for the message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s in commemoration of the 21st World Day of the Sick