World Day of the Sick

February 11th is 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. Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. 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.