The Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick 2014 this February 11Friday, February 7, 2014
The 22nd World Day of the Sick will be celebrated, as it is every year, on February 11,, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year, the Holy Father’s Message is entitled Faith and Charity: “We Ought to Lay Down Our Lives for One Another” (1 John 3.16). In his Message, Pope Francis in a special way addresses the ill and those who provide them assistance and care. “The Church recognizes in you, the sick, a special presence of the suffering Christ. It is true. At the side of – and indeed within – our suffering is the suffering of Christ; he bears its burden with us and he reveals its meaning. When the Son of God mounted the cross, he destroyed the solitude of suffering and illuminated its darkness,” the Pope states in his Message.