The theme for the 29th World Day of the Sick is: 'You have but one teacher and you are all brothers'. (Mt 23:8)
The theme calls for a trust-based relationship of personal encounter to guide care for the sick. The Holy Father not only calls for closeness between those suffering from illness and those that care for them, but also highlights the fact that humanity cannot expect to be well in a world that is sick. For example, the pandemic has shown that inequalities exist across the world: those in poor countries are unlikely to have swift access to COVID-19 vaccines or relief of poverty. However, the outbreak of the Coronavirus has also highlighted the generosity and kindness of healthcare professionals, priests, religious and volunteers.
Read Pope Francis' message for the 29th World Day of the Sick.