JUBILEE OF MERCY TO VISIT THE SICK AND IMPRISONED

JUBILEE OF MERCY TO VISIT THE SICK AND IMPRISONED  

The creation of the third philatelic series dedicated to the Corporal Works of Mercy is a work by artist Orietta Rossi. The first value - to visit the sick - features a woman while embracing a sick person and bowing her head compassionately over him. The tradition of visiting the sick to bring them Holy Communion goes back to the origins of Christianity with roots in the words of Jesus: "for I was ill and you cared for me" (Matthew 25:36). Pope Francis has said that "to visit a sick person means visiting our own illness, that which we have inside...It is having the courage to say to oneself: I too have some disease in my heart, in my soul, in my spirit, I too am spiritually ill." The second value represents a group of prisoners behind bars, a symbol of their social isolation, with their hands reaching out towards compassionate visitors in order to make human contact as a way to free them from their solitude, exclusion, and shame to which they are subjected and feel daily. At the same time, "There is no place beyond the reach of God’s mercy, no space or person it cannot touch", Pope Francis said during one of his prison visits where he underscored how important it is for prisoners to be aware of the consolation and compassion of Jesus whose love "never disappoints, because He never tires of loving, just as He never tires of forgiving, never tires of embracing us".