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28th World Day of the Sick and Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Archdiocese prayed last February 11 (on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes) for all the victims of Novel Corona Virus and asked to spare our region from this dreaded epidemic.

Pope Francis last Sunday gave special prayers for those sickened and killed by the coronavirus, praising the “great commitment” to contain the virus that is sparking global panic.

February 11 is also the World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

People around the world take the time to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to alleviate the sufferings of the sick on this day. Faith organisations mark this day especially to provide the sick with medicines, food, and spiritual guidance.

Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The Pope himself had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year before, in 1991, and it is considered that his own illness was impetus for his designation of the day.

Pope Benedict XVI also declared his decision to resign from his post as the Pope on this day in 2013. He cited his failing health as the reason behind his decision.

In the Archdiocese, Archbishop Rolly Tirona said masses in Iriga parish last Feb 10 and last Feb 11 in Abo Tigaon. The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was also celebrated in Tandaay Parish, Nabua and in Caranday, Baao.

The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Caranday, Baao CS. A procession was also held after the mass of their pastor, Fr. Marcial Zagada.

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