Pope Francis Calls for ‘Therapeutic Covenant’ Between the Sick and their Caregivers, Emphasizes Importance of Closeness in Times of Illness


Pope Offers Prayers for Myanmar, Palestine and Israel on World Day of the Sick

As the Church marks the 32nd World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis has called for a ‘therapeutic covenant’ between the ill and their caregivers, family members, and others. During his Sunday Angelus, he emphasized the importance of relationships in illness, stressing the need for the closeness of loved ones, health workers, and God in times of sickness. He also expressed the Church’s closeness to those who are sick or frail, highlighting the denial of the right to medical care for many people, which in turn denies their right to life.

Seven years after violence ensued in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees continue to endure dire conditions in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar with little hope of returning home. Pope Francis also prayed for other territories of war, where fundamental human rights are violated daily. In his prayers, he mentioned Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel once again calling attention to the plight of Rohingya Muslims who continue to face extreme violence and ethnic persecution in Myanmar.

Pope Francis has offered prayers for everyone around the world who is unable to receive medical treatment. In his message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, he called for a ‘therapeutic covenant’ between the ill and their caregivers, family members and others. The Pope highlighted that many people are denied their basic human right to medical treatment due to violence or discrimination.

During his Sunday Angelus message on this day marking World Day of Sickness; Pope Francis emphasized how crucial it is for loved ones to be close during times of sickness as well as God’s role in healing. He also brought attention towards those who have been denied their basic human rights including access to healthcare due to war or discrimination. With this message pope has sent a clear reminder that everyone should be treated equally regardless of where they come from or what they are going through.

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