World Day of the Sick: "The Bible teaches that Evil Does Not Have The Last Word”

February 11 2021

Andrea RiccardiThe sick

Message of H.H. Pope Francis, meditation
 at the Prayer for the Sick

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Closeness is a precious balm that provides support and consolation to the sick in their suffering. As Christians, we experience that closeness as a sign of the love of Jesus Christ, the Good Samaritan, who draws near with compassion to every man and woman wounded by sin. United to Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit, we are called to be merciful like the Father and to love in particular our frail, infirm and suffering brothers and sisters (cf. Jn 13:34-35). We experience this closeness not only as individuals but also as a community. Indeed, fraternal love in Christ generates a community of healing, a community that leaves no one behind, a community that is inclusive and welcoming, especially to those most in need.

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Prayer for the sick on 1st February 2021, in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, with the Community of Sant'Egidio.