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Pope's Message for the 22nd World day of the sick 2014

The Vatican on Saturday published Pope Francis’ message for the 2014 22nd World Day of the sick. To be observed under the theme Faith and charity: " We too must give our lives for the brethren" the holy father is placing World Day to the intercession of the of blessed virgin Mary, so that she will help sick people to live their own suffering in communion with Jesus Christ.
in 2014 is commending the 22nd World Day of the Sick to the intercession of Mary, so that she will help sick people to live their own suffering in communion with Jesus Christ. The Holy Father in his message to mark the occasion, turns his attention to the sick and all those who provide them with care and treatment. Pope Francis develops his reflection in three points, and begins by reminding those who are afflicted that “the Church sees in you, dear sick people, the special presence of the suffering Christ, adding that God gives us the courage to face each adversity with him and united to Him.
The Holy Father then, in his second point, underscores the importance the role of the son of God made man in the life of those who suffer, explaining that his very nature has the power to transform and reduce human disease by taking it on himself, saying that’s why suffering no longer has the last word. The true test of faith in Christ, the pope says, is the gift of oneself to spread the love for one's neighbour, especially for those who do not deserve it , for those who suffer, and for those who are marginalized.
In the third part of his message Pope Francis exhorts us to approach those who are in need of care with tenderness. He says that “to grow in tenderness , and charity, we have to look up to the model Christian, Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, who is always attentive to the voice of God and the needs and difficulties of his children.
The holy father concludes his message by reflecting on the figure of St. John, the disciple who was with Mary at the foot of the Cross. It is this Saint, he stresses, that takes us back to the source of faith and charity, to the heart of God who " is love" and he reminds us that we cannot love God if we do not love our neighbour.


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