For COVID service, Pope hails health workers as heroes

Francis hailed healthcare workers as heroes on Sunday for their daily service, not just during the pandemic, asking the public in St. Peter’s Square to join him in public applause.

Francis applauded in what he said was a “huge thank you” to health workers, including volunteers, caring for the sick. Italy marked Sunday as a national day to pay tribute to healthcare workers.

The national professional association of doctors counts 370 doctors who died of COVID-19 in Italy.

“We have to remember the many doctors, nurses, volunteers, who are close to the sick, care for them, make them feel better, help them,” Francis said during his weekly appearance from a window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking the square.

He hailed “the heroic healthcare staff, who clearly showed that heroism in the time of COVID, but the heroism remains every day.”

No one is running away, Francis said. “In sickness, we need someone to save us, to help us.”

“To our doctors, nurses, volunteers, applause and a big thank you,” Francis said. He then started clapping and hundreds of people in the square below did too.

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