Pope Francis has issued a message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, emphasizing the importance of relationships in illness. During his Sunday Angelus, he addressed the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square and highlighted the significance of love and support from family members, health workers, and even God in healing and comfort. He also expressed his solidarity with the sick and frail.
However, Pope Francis did not shy away from addressing some of the most pressing social justice issues facing humanity today. He pointed out that many people are denied their basic human rights, including the right to care and life. The situation in Myanmar was specifically mentioned as an example of how fundamental human rights are violated every day in territories of war.
Seven years since violence broke out in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees continue to live in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar under dire conditions with uncertain prospects of returning home. Pope Francis prayed for Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, and all those affected by war or denied basic human rights, including those in Myanmar who have been subjected to extreme violence and persecution.
In conclusion, Pope Francis’ message was clear: we must come together as a global community to create a therapeutic covenant that values human dignity and compassion for those who are ill or suffering from oppression or violence.