“This is the meaning of suffering, which is truly supernatural and at the same time human. It is supernatural because it is rooted in the divine mystery of the Redemption of the world, and it is likewise deeply human, because in it the person discovers himself, his own humanity, his own dignity, his own mission”. 

St. John Paul II, Salvifici Doloris, 31

The Dicastery promotes and encourages just and integral health care. It supports the initiatives of Dioceses, Eparchies, Institutes of Consecrated Life, Societies of Apostolic Life, Caritas and lay associations in seeking to prevent the marginalization of the sick and disabled, and to overcome the lack of care due to shortages of staff, hospital equipment or the supply of medicines to poor countries. It also devotes attention to the lack of research in the fight against disease.  (PE, art.171).

19 September 2022

Ad limina Visit of Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference

31 May 2022

No Tobacco Day: The Catholic Church and the smoking harm reduction

28 February 2022

Message for the 15th World Rare Disease Day

31 January 2022

Message for the 69th World Leprosy Day

26 January 2022

World Day of the Sick 2022: 30th anniversary celebrations in the Vatican

04 January 2022

World Day of the Sick 2022: the Message of Pope Francis

22 December 2021

Children and COVID-19 The Church's concern

16 November 2021

World Meeting of the Justice and Peace Commissions of Episcopal Conferences