This is part of Pope Benedict’s message for World Day of Prayer for the Sick, 2013. You can read the rest of the text here.
“I entrust this Twenty-first World Day of the Sick to the intercession of Our Lady of Graces, venerated at Altötting, that she may always accompany those who suffer in their search for comfort and firm hope. May she assist all who are involved in the apostolate of mercy, so that they may become good Samaritans to their brothers and sisters afflicted by illness and suffering. To all I impart most willingly my Apostolic Blessing.”
From the Vatican, 2 January 2013
Pope Benedict is a very intelligent, charitable,courageous, humble man and it seems to me that his choice of making his announcement today, World Day of Prayer for the Sick, is deliberate. Please keep all those in failing health in your prayers today, including our beloved Pope Benedict.