Pope Francis has offered prayers for everyone around the world who is 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 the World Day of the Sick was marked, stressing the need for the closeness of loved ones, health workers, and God in times of sickness. He also expressed the Church’s closeness to those who are sick or frail, highlighting the denial of the right to medical care for many people, which in turn denies 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 of war, where fundamental human rights are violated daily, and mentioned Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel in his prayers, once again calling attention to the plight of Rohingya Muslims who continue to face extreme violence and ethnic persecution in Myanmar.