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11 February 2009: World Day of the Sick

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The World Day of the Sick will be celebrated, as it is every year, on 11 February. This annual observance was instituted in 1992 by Pope John Paul II.

Its celebration is an opportunity to remind Catholics of the importance of:

  • ensuring the sick have access to good health care;
  • encouraging parishes and Church groups to be involved in and concerned about health care and pastoral ministry for the sick;
  • recalling the need to provide spiritual and moral formation for those working with the sick;
  • encouraging volunteers to be involved in helping to care for the sick;
  • promoting reflection on the meaning of suffering;
  • and inviting all those involved in medical care to appreciate the importance of their healing ministry.

Helpful links:

Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the 18th World Day of the Sick

Living, Suffering and Dying... What For? - a leaflet on suffering from the Catholic Organization for Life and Family

CCCB Permanent Council Pastoral Letter: Health care and the Catholic Church in Canada

The Catholic Health Association of Canada
Last Updated on Tuesday, October 20 2009  
The Holy See
Canadian Centre for Ecumenism
Catholic Organization for Life and Family
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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.