A feast instituted on 13 May 1992 by Pope John Paul II to be “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering”. The date of the feast, 11 February was chosen to coincide with that of Our Lady of Lourdes as there have been so many healings reported at the shrine and through Our Lady‘s intercession. Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on this feast day in 2013, citing his declining health as his reason.
- “World Day of the Sick“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 February 2016. Web. 28 March 2017. <>