PRAYERS and extra care should be given not just for the sick, but also for medical workers who attend to them, said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.
During the observance of the World Day of the Sick yesterday, Palma reminded the faithful that medical workers, such as doctors, nurses and others, put their lives in danger by being exposed to deadly diseases.
The 64-year-old prelate presided over the healing mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
In his homily before sick and disabled churchgoers, Palma thanked health workers and organizations who risk life and limb to care for the sick and the terminally ill.
“Tungod sa ilang (Because of their) profession ug (and) vocation, nakatabang sa mga nasakit (they’ve been helping the sick). Matud pa ni (According to) Pope Francis, kini ilang gibuhat, nindot nga serbisyo sa atong mga kaigsuonan (they’re doing service to our fellow human beings),” he said.
Palma said he recognized the plight of medical workers who are exposed to occupational hazards. Sometimes, they also get sick, he said.
He said with an ever changing world, more illnesses are spreading globally, such as the Zika virus, which threatens some countries in South America.
Palma said as governments around the world come up with ways to counter emerging illnesses, he prays that they are able to swiftly find cures against such ailments.
But aside from coming up with cures, Palma challenged medical workers to continue caring for the sick and to continue with their vocation despite threats.
Usually celebrated every Feb. 11, the World Day of the Sick was instituted by St. Pope John Paul II to commemorate the feast of the Lady of Lourdes.
The late pope had the yearly celebration instituted back in 1993 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years earlier.
He chose the date of the feast of the Lady of Lourdes due to miracles the sick who visit her shrine in Lourdes, France experience.