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World Day of the Sick: Pope Francis prays for all those serving sick and those in need
In his released message ahead of the World Day of the Sick on February 11, Pope Francis in his message the to the followers said, "May you always find in faith, nourished by the Word and by the Sacraments, the strength needed to love God, even in the experience of illness."

The sick and those who are disabled, even severely, have their own inalienable dignity and mission in life, added the Pope.

"On this twenty-fifth World Day of the Sick, I once more offer my prayerful support and encouragement to physicians, nurses, volunteers and all those consecrated men and women committed to serving the sick and those in need," stated the Pope in his message.

He reminded that the solidarity shown by Christ, the Son of God born of Mary, was the expression of God's merciful omnipotence, which is made manifest in our life - above all when that life is frail, pain-filled, humbled, marginalised and suffering - and fills it with the power of hope that can sustain us and enable us to get up again.

"May this Day also inspire renewed efforts to defend the integrity and dignity of persons, not least through a correct approach to bioethical issues, the protection of the vulnerable and the protection of the environment," he wished.

The World Day of the Sick is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church which was by Pope John Paul II with first observance on February 11, 1993. it is celebrated every year on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, for all believers seeks to be "a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one's suffering" as per the Catholic Christian faith.

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