The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1992 and has three permanent 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 honours all persons who work in health care and serve as caregivers.
In his message for the 27th World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis focuses on Jesus’s words to the Apostles: “You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10:8).
“You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10:8)
The pope says that those who care for the sick and give of themselves with generosity and straightforward love – like St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta – are amongst the Church’s most credible evangelizers.
To read the entire message of Pope Francis, click here: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/sick/documents/papa-francesco_20181125_giornata-malato.html .