World Day of the Sick is observed on February 11 every year, introduced by Pope John Paul II in the year 1992. World Day of the Sick was started so that believers can pray for people who suffer from various illnesses. Celebration of World Day of the Sick usually involves everything from sharing prayers and messages on World Day of the Sick 2021, World Day of the Sick wishes and more. It is an extremely significant celebration for Catholics across the world. Here’s everything you need to know about the celebration of World Day of the Sick 2021.
World Day of the Sick 2021 Date
As mentioned above, World Day of the Sick is celebrated on February 11 every year. So World Day of the Sick 2021 will be celebrated on this day.
History of World Day of the Sick
Pope John Paul II was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the year 1991. This became a huge factor in initiating the observance of World Day of the Sick. The first World Day of the Sick was observed on February 11, 1993, after the decision was made in 1992. Pope John Paul II believed that with Christ, the suffering had become little salvific, and his work captures these factors.
Significance of World Day of the Sick
World Day of the Sick coincides with the memorial of Lady of Lourdes. Many visitors, including the pilgrims, had been reportedly healed at Marian Sanctuary after visiting Lourdes in France and hence this date chosen by the Pope. Pope John Paul II died in 2005 and had thousands of believers praying as he lay dying which made World Day of the Sick very significant that year.
To commemorate this day, people around the globe pray for the sick and suffering and the people who take care of the sick. Organizations distribute medicines, spiritual guidance and goods to the sick on this day.