Friday, 07 February 2020 10:44

Archdiocese of Manila to mark 28th World Day of the Sick

Most Rev. Teodoro C. Bacani, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the 28th World Day of Sick at the Manila Cathedral on February 11, 2020, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, at 9 a.m.

With the theme "Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28), Fr. Manuel Abogado III, Minister, Ministry on Healthcare said that there will be Anointing of the Sick during the Mass.

World Day of the Sick 2018
Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1992.

In his message for the 28th World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be like Jesus who offered mercy and comfort to the sick, oppressed, and poor.

“He looks upon a wounded humanity with eyes that gaze into the heart of each person. That gaze is not one of indifference; rather, it embraces people in their entirety, each person in his or her health condition, discarding no one, but rather inviting everyone to share in his life and to experience his tender love,” Pope Francis said in his message.

By doing so, Pope Francis urged all the healthcare institutions and government leaders throughout the world not to neglect those who do not have access to medical care because of poverty.

“It is my hope that, by joining the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, efforts will be made to cooperate in ensuring that everyone has access to suitable treatments for preserving and restoring their health,” he said.

The World Day of the Sick is organized by the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Healthcare in coordination with Sovereign Military Order of Malta Philippines. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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