Pope at the Angelus: “Fundamental human rights have been violated in wars”

New appeal by Pope Francis for Ukraine and the Holy Land in St. Peter’s Square. “On this World Day of the Sick, we cannot ignore the fact that there are many people today who are denied the right to care, and therefore the right to life” said the Holy Father at the Angelus. “I think of those who live in poverty extreme, but I am also thinking of the war territories: fundamental human rights are violated there every day, it is intolerable!” added the Pontiff. “We pray for the tormented Ukraine, for Palestine and Israel. We pray for Myanmar and for all the peoples tormented by war”.

World Day of the Sick

“The first thing we need when we are sick is the closeness of loved ones, of healthcare workers, and in our hearts, the closeness of God. We are all called to be close to those who suffer, to visit the sick, as he teaches us Jesus in the Gospel. For this reason today I want to express my closeness and that of the whole Church to all the sick or more fragile people. Let us not forget God’s style: closeness, compassion and tenderness” underlined Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus, recalling that the Day “this year draws attention to the importance of relationships in illness”.