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Background: World Day of the Sick

February 11, 2016

February 11 is the 24th World Day of the Sick, a commemoration instituted by St. John Paul II that takes place each year on the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The title of Pope Francis’s message for the day is “Entrusting oneself to the merciful Jesus like Mary: ‘Do whatever he tells you.’”

In his letter instituting the commemoration, St. John Paul wrote that the day should be “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church and of reminding everyone to see in his sick brother or sister the face of Christ who, by suffering, dying, and rising, achieved the salvation of mankind.”


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