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Francis, 84, sounded cheerful, but at some point he was a little winding while talking for 14 minutes.
Just a week ago, Francis delivered a blessing from the hospital balcony and thanked the medical staff for his care. Pontif underwent bowel surgery on July 4th to remove part of his colon after a bowel stenosis.
Francis did not mention his own ongoing convalescent period, but in his remarks emphasized the value of taking a break. He recommended, “Resting, pondering, compassion. Use summer for this.”
After giving his blessing, Francis quoted some solemn current events. He expressed intimacy with “catastrophic floods” that killed at least 180 people in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. “May the Lord welcome the deceased and comfort his family,” said the Pope.
He also lamented violence in South Africa. In South Africa, more than 200 people have died in the turmoil and violence caused by the imprisonment of the former president. Francis said South Africans are already suffering from financial and health problems caused by pandemics. He said he sincerely urged peace efforts and assistance to reach the poor.
“Remember the desire that led the South Africans to be reborn in harmony among all their children,” Francis said.
Among the cheers of St. Peter’s Square were about 100 Cubans in Rome with banners urging support for their hometown protesters.
“I’m close to the dear Cubans during these difficult moments, especially for families who are suffering more,” Francis said.
“I pray that the Lord will help them build a more just and fraternal society in peace, dialogue and solidarity,” he added.
A week ago, protests against food and drug shortages and power outages began in Cuba, calling for political changes in the Caribbean nation, which had been governed by the Communist Party for nearly 60 years.
Towards the end of his remarks from the window of the Apostolic Palace, Francis sounded a bit windy, sometimes, and after a break to cough. But he always ended up with a strong and cheerful invitation to the crowd to pray for him and do to “have a delicious lunch.”
A crowd of hundreds applauded loudly. Some had a national flag and at least one homemade banner with a red heart and the Italian word “I Love You”.
After spending 10 days at a major Catholic hospital in Rome, Francis returned to his home in the Vatican City on July 14.
Except for Sunday noon’s promise to congratulate the loyal people who gathered at St. Peter’s Square, Pontif is not scheduled to appear in other public places for the rest of July. Even before his surgery was announced, the Vatican said Wednesday his weekly public audience would not be held during July. It is in line with his papacy over the past few years, which allows him a little summer vacation.
A few hours before heading to the hospital for surgery, Francis announced that he would visit Hungary and Slovakia in mid-September.
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