Health care professionals must always “promote the dignity and life of each person and reject any compromise in the direction of euthanasia, assisted suicide or suppression of life, even in the case of terminal illness,” Pope Francis said.
“Life is sacred and belongs to God,” the pope said, “hence it is inviolable, and no-one can claim the right to dispose of it freely.”
Pope Francis addressed health care professionals in his annual message for the celebration of World Day of the Sick, which is marked on 11th February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The text of the message was released on 3rd January by the Vatican.
To people suffering from illness in body or mind, the pope offered words of hope and encouragement, assuring them of Jesus’ closeness and his promise to alleviate their burdens.
“Jesus does not make demands of those who endure situations of frailty, suffering and weakness, but offers his mercy and his comforting presence,” the pope said.
Picture: Pope Francis blesses a sick child in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on 15th December 2016, during a meeting with patients and workers of Rome’s Bambino Gesu children’s hospital. World Day of the Sick is marked on 11th February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters).