Promote culture of respect for life, health, environment, pope says
In a message for the 2017 World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis called for renewed efforts in facing today’s challenges in health care and in promoting respect for life.
“May we find new incentive to work for the growth of a culture of respect for life, health and the environment,” he said, and may the day “also inspire renewed efforts to defend the integrity and dignity of persons, not least through a correct approach to bioethical issues, the protection of the vulnerable and the protection of the environment.”
The World Day of the Sick is celebrated annually on 11th February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Vatican released the text of the papal message on 15th December.
Thanking those who care for the sick, the elderly and those who suffer or are in need, the pope underlined the importance of treating everyone with respect and care because “every person is, and always remains, a human being.”
Picture: Neurosurgeon Michael Murphy performs surgery on a patient at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In a message for the 2017 World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis called for renewed efforts in facing today’s challenges in health care and in promoting respect for life. (CNS photo/St. Vincent’s Hospital handout via EPA).Tags: environment, health, life, Pope, Pope Francis, respect, World Day of the Sick