From Catholic News Service:
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Never hesitate to call a priest to bless and anoint sick or elderly family members, Pope Francis said.
Some people worry receiving the sacrament of the anointing of the sick “brings bad luck” and “the hearse will come next,” the pope said. “This is not true!”
The sacrament brings Jesus closer to those in need, strengthening their faith and hope, he said Feb. 26 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
The pope thanked the estimated 50,000 people who attended the outdoor audience despite weather forecasts of rain. “You came anyway; you’re courageous. Way to go!” he said, as the wind blew big gray storm clouds overhead.