On Thursday, February 11, the Catholic Church marks World Day of the Sick, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In his 2021 message, released by the Vatican January 12, Pope Francis praised the “silent multitude of men and women”, who during the COVID-19 pandemic do not look away, but help their patients or their neighbours.
“Such closeness is a precious balm that provides support and consolation to the sick in their suffering,” he said.
The Catholic News got the views of a Catholic caregiver in our public health system about her role. She spoke on condition of anonymity.