Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for April, urging the Faithful to pray for healthcare workers.

Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative in 2016 as a way to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions on the challenges humanity faces in a video based format.

For the month of April, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.”

Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer to help you pray for his monthly intention:

“Lord Jesus Christ, who gently healed
so many sick people who came to you,
seeking healing and relief,
send your Holy Spirit
to health care workers who continue today
curing and healing those who are sick.
Make them feel your comfort and your closeness
caring for the poorest and elderly,
so that they may continue to extend the Kingdom of the Father
and make the mission of compassion fruitful in the world.
May they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.
Amen.

Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of April:

Support
“Closeness, in fact, is a precious balm, which gives support and consolation to those who suffer from illness” (Pope Francis). How can you express your support for those who work or serve in hospitals and clinics this month?

Give Assistance
“The current pandemic has led to the emergence of many inadequacies in health systems and shortcomings in the care of sick people. Access to care is not always guaranteed to the elderly, the weakest and most vulnerable, and it is not always so in an equitable manner” (Pope Francis). Make a gesture of closeness and tenderness with those who care for and assist the sick.

Care for
“In this regard, I would like to recall the importance of fraternal solidarity, which is expressed concretely in service and can take very different forms, all oriented towards supporting others. To serve means to take care of those who are fragile in our families, in our society, in our people” (Pope Francis). Could you spend some time this month looking after or caring for someone who is sick?

Serve
“Faced with the needs of our brothers and sisters, Jesus (…) proposes to us to stop, listen, and establish a direct and personal relationship with others, feeling empathy and emotion for him or her, getting involved in their suffering through service to them” (Pope Francis). Make a resolution this month to serve in some way in health care.

Attend to fragility
“The experience of a disease makes us feel our vulnerability and, at the same time, the innate need for others. The condition of being creatures becomes even clearer and we clearly experience our dependence on God” (Pope Francis). Get in touch with the health ministry of a parish and offer to help in a simple and concrete way. 

Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for April:

Let us pray this month for health care workers.

The pandemic has shown us the self-giving and generosity of health care workers, volunteers, support staff, priests, and religious men and women.

But the pandemic has also exposed the fact that not everyone has access to a good public healthcare system.

The poorest countries, the most vulnerable countries, cannot access the necessary treatments to treat the countless diseases they continue to suffer.

Often, this is due to poor resource management and a lack of serious political commitment.

Therefore, I want to ask the governments of all the countries of the world not to forget that good healthcare, accessible to all, is a priority.

But let us also remember that healthcare is not just an organization; it depends on men and women who dedicate their life to taking care of other people’s health. And who have given their lives during this pandemic to help so many sick people recover.

Let us pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.

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