In his message for the 32nd World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis called for a ‘therapeutic covenant’ between people who are ill and their caregivers, family members, and others. He emphasized the importance of relationships in illness and highlighted the crucial role played by loved ones, health workers, and God in providing comfort and support to those who are sick.
Pope Francis also addressed the plight of many people today who are denied their right to care and their right to life. He mentioned those living in extreme poverty and territories of war where fundamental human rights are violated every day. The Pope specifically mentioned the situation in Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims are subjected to extreme violence and persecution.
Seven years since violence broke out in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees continue to live in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, where conditions are dire, and prospects of returning home remain uncertain. Pope Francis prayed for Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel, expressing his concern for territories of war and the denial of fundamental human rights. He renewed his prayers for Myanmar and for all those who are unable to receive medical treatment, especially in Palestine and Myanmar.