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Background: World Day of the Sick

February 10, 2017

February 11 is the 25th 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 taken from the Magnificat: “the Almighty has done great things for me.”

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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