February 11th is the feast day for Our Lady of Lourdes and also the TWENTY-FIFTH WORLD DAY OF THE SICK.
This year the 2017 MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS is
Amazement at what God has accomplished:
“The Almighty has done great things for me…” (Lk 1:49)
Here is a quote from it:
“I express my closeness to all of you, our suffering brothers and sisters, and to your families, as well as my appreciation for all those in different roles of service and in healthcare institutions throughout the world who work with professionalism, responsibility and dedication for your care, treatment and daily well-being. I encourage all of you, the sick, the suffering, physicians, nurses, family members and volunteers, to see in Mary, Health of the Infirm, the sure sign of God’s love for every human being and a model of surrender to his will. May you always find in faith, nourished by the Word and by the Sacraments, the strength needed to love God, even in the experience of illness.”
The full message can be found here: https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/sick/documents/papa-francesco_20161208_giornata-malato.html
In addition the newly appointed lead Bishop for Health and Social Care, Paul Mason has recorded an interview about Catholic Chaplaincy in Hospitals: