The understanding of health care as a human right

By Mark Schmidt
Special to The Witness

Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy he called all of us to “rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead.”

One of those works of mercy mentioned, heal the sick, is directly related to our responsibility as individual persons and as a society to heal those who are ill. Engaging in this work of mercy not only brings about the physical healing of those whose health has deteriorated but also our own soul, as, through mercy, we become more like Christ, and we fulfill his command found in Matthew 25, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.”

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