Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Tuesday praised the work of nurses around the world, fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that the coronavirus crisis had shown how vital their service is. He also appealed to governments to invest more in healthcare.

In a special message for International Nurses Day, he said; “Every day we witness the testimony of courage and sacrifice of healthcare workers, and nurses in particular, who, with professionalism, self-sacrifice, and a sense of responsibility and love for neighbour, assist people affected by the virus, even to the point of putting their own health at risk”.

“For this reason, I would ask leaders of nations throughout the world to invest in healthcare as the primary common good, by strengthening its systems and employing greater numbers of nurses, so as to ensure adequate care to everyone, with respect for the dignity of each person,” he said.