World Day of the Sick is celebrated annually to raise awareness for the care of the sick; to help the sick to appreciate suffering; to involve dioceses, Christian communities and religious families in the health care ministry; to encourage the commitment of volunteers; to promote the spiritual and moral formation of health care workers; and to recall the importance of religious assistance to those who suffer.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of this event, with the theme: "Be merciful, as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6,36): Stand by those who suffer on a path of charity". In his Message for the occasion, Pope Francis recalls that "closeness to the sick and their pastoral care is not only the task of some specifically dedicated ministers" but "it is an invitation addressed by Christ to all his disciples".

Friday, February 11, 2022 (all day)