Pope Francis paid a visit to the children and teenagers attending the Vatican's summer camp, "Estate ragazzi in Vaticano." Photo: Vatican Media

Pope Francis clarifies: anointing of the sick is not for those who are going to die

In The Pope Video for July, Pope Francis lifts up his prayer that the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick might become more and more a “visible sign of compassion and hope.” In his video message the Pope insists that it “is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death,” but states that it “is one of the ‘sacraments of healing,’ of ‘restoration,’ that heals the spirit.”