World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope St John Paul II May 13, 1992 and celebrated February 11, the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes.
This year’s observance which has as its theme: “You have but one teacher and you are all brothers” (Mt 23:8) serves as a trust-based relationship guide on caring for the sick.
Pope Francis in his message for 2021 stated the Day: “…. is an opportunity to devote special attention to the sick and to those who provide them with assistance and care both in healthcare institutions and within families and communities. We think in particular of those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, the effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. To all, and especially to the poor and the marginalized, I express my spiritual closeness and assure them of the Church’s loving concern”.