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‘I need your hand’: Pope says health care workers are heroes

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 02/20/22

A round of applause and a big “thank you” to our doctors, nurses, and volunteers!

Pope Francis shared the testimony of a doctor who spoke with him on the morning of February 20. “In sickness,” he said, “we need someone who saves us, who assists us. A doctor told me, this morning, that in the time of Covid, a person was dying, and said to him, ‘Hold my hand: I am dying, and I need your hand.'”

The Pope spoke of the heroism of health care workers, after praying the midday Angelus on February 20, as Italy marks the National Day for Health Care Professionals.

“We must remember the many doctors, nurses, and volunteers who stay by the side of the sick, who care for them, who make them feel better, who help them,” the Pope said.

No one is saved alone. And in sickness, we need someone who saves us, who assists us. A doctor told me, this morning, that in the time of Covid, a person was dying, and said to him, “Hold my hand: I am dying, and I need your hand.”

The Holy Father reflected that the pandemic showed us the heroism of health care workers, but that that heroism is there all the time:

The heroic healthcare professionals showed this heroism in the time of Covid, but the heroism remains there every day. A round of applause and a big “thank you” to our doctors, nurses, and volunteers!

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