Vincentian priest Venerando Agner leads the observance of the 25th "World Day of the Sick" with the anointing of the sick on Feb. 11. (Photo by Angie de Silva)
Manila Archdiocese marked the 25th "World Day of the Sick" with a Mass, an anointing of the sick, and a medical mission on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
This year's observance of the event, which was established by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1993, carried the "Amazement at what God has accomplished: 'The Almighty has done great things for me.'"
In his message, Pope Francis said the celebration "gives the church renewed spiritual energy for carrying out ever more fully that fundamental part of her mission which includes serving the poor, the infirm, the suffering, the outcast and the marginalized."
"I encourage all of you, the sick, the suffering, physicians, nurses, family members and volunteers, to see in Mary, Health of the Infirm, the sure sign of God's love for every human being and a model of surrender to his will," read the pope's message.
The Holy Father noted the role of the Blessed Mother in assisting the church in her work of aiding the sick.
The celebration in Manila was led by Vincentian priest Father Venerando Agner with help of the archdiocese's Ministry on Health Care and the Philippine Association Sovereign Military Order of Malta.