Pope Francis has offered prayers for those around the world who are unable to receive medical treatment, with a special mention for those in Palestine and Myanmar. In his message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, the Pope calls for a ‘therapeutic covenant’ between the ill and their caregivers, family members, and others.
During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of relationships in illness as he marked the World Day of the Sick. He stressed the need for the closeness of loved ones, health workers, and God in times of sickness. The Church’s closeness to those who are sick or frail was also highlighted by him. He expressed his concern over how many people are denied their right to medical care, which denies them their right to life.
Seven years after violence ensued in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees continue to endure dire conditions in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar with little hope of returning home. Pope Francis also prayed for other territories where fundamental human rights are violated daily, including Ukraine and Israel. Once again he brought attention to the plight of Rohingya Muslims who continue to face extreme violence and ethnic persecution in Myanmar.