The chair of the Council for Healthcare of the Bishops’ Conference has encouraged people to pray for those affected by the virus and for the efforts to bring the outbreak under control.
“We live an era of astonishing progress in medical science” and have among us “doctors, nurses and carers of extraordinary quality and dedication” yet “so many aspects of our healthcare system are scandalous”.
“As a community of faith, we need to take proper care of ourselves. We must take care not to spread the flu,” says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
The booklet features prayers compiled by Peter Murphy that are suitable for personal prayer in parishes, in the home, in hospital or in healthcare facilities.
We invoke the healing power of Jesus on the sick among us, remembering in our prayers all those who suffer sickness or anguish or addiction or pain or isolation and loneliness.
Archbishop of Dublin highlights people’s anxiety over what might happen to them or their children or an elderly relative if they are hit by serious illness.
World Day of the Sick message warns against the "great lie" behind ‘quality of life’ arguments that make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living.