Christian vocation is to serve life, health, pope says in message
The Catholic Church’s care for the sick, especially through Catholic-run hospitals, is an antidote to “the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn health care into a profit-making enterprise,” Pope Francis said.
In his message for World Day of the Sick, which falls on 11th February, the pope urged Catholics individually and as a community to continue to provide loving care for the sick.
The Church marks the day each year on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Pope Francis’ message for 2018 had a strong Marian focus, emphasising the Church’s maternal mission to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of all people.
“May our prayers to the Mother of God see us united in an incessant plea that every member of the Church may live with love the vocation to serve life and health,” he prayed.
Picture: A religious sister is seen comforting a sick woman in 2016 at Snehadam Old Age Home in Gurgaon, India. (CNS photo/courtesy John E. Kozar, CNEWA).Tags: health, life, Pope, Pope Francis, vocation, World Day of the Sick