Pope Francis made his first public appearance since his surgery last week, standing on the balcony of a hospital in Rome.
The 84-year-old is recovering from surgery to remove part of his large intestine at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome.
He stood for 10 minutes to greet sympathizers, seen for the first time since the July 4 intervention, at noon at what would have been the time he traditionally appears from a Vatican window overlooking the plaza Saint Pierre.
Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from a balcony at Gemelli Hospital
His hospital stay was to last seven days. It is not known when he could be demobilized.
Reading prepared remarks, he told the crowd, “I thank everyone. I have very much felt your closeness and the support of your prayers. ‘
He described his admission to hospital as an opportunity to understand the importance of a “good health service, accessible to all, as is the case in Italy and in other countries”.
“We must not lose this precious thing.
Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of the Agostino Gemelli polyclinic in Rome on Sunday
People and hospital staff gathered outside to listen to the Angelus’ prayer
He appeared on the balcony with young cancer patients on Sunday morning
Like the NHS, Italy has a national public health service and residents can often receive treatment in private hospitals, with the costs reimbursed by the government.
He also took the time on Sunday to talk about the news.
He reiterated his proximity to Haiti, recalling the assassination of its president Jovenel Moïse and the injury of the first lady Martine Moïse last week.
Ms Moïse yesterday released the statement recorded in Creole from the Florida hospital where she was being treated for injuries sustained in the attack on Wednesday morning.
“I’m alive, thank God,” she said in the recording. “But I love my husband Jovenel. We have fought together for over 25 years.
“During all these years, love has radiated around the house. But suddenly the mercenaries came and bombarded my husband with bullets.
She spoke hours after it emerged that the Haitian opposition leader had hired a lobbyist in Washington DC two days before President Moïse’s assassination – and that he was now to be questioned by cops about his assassination. .
Pope recovers from scheduled surgery at Rome hospital
He spoke about topics such as the EU, the environment and its relationship with Haiti
Francis also spoke about the environment, which has been a major theme of his papacy since his beginnings in 2013.
He urged people to take care of “the health of the seas and oceans” and said “no plastic in the sea!
He also expressed the hope that “Europe can be united in its founding values”.
This could be a possible reference to tensions between EU leaders and Hungary over the crackdown on LGBTQ rights.
The new law is ostensibly designed to crack down on pedophilia, but critics say the law dangerously confuses pedophilia with homosexuality and stigmatizes support for the LGBTQ + community.
The law prohibits the sharing of any content that describes homosexuality or sex reassignment to children under the age of 18 in school sex education programs, movies and advertisements.
Earlier this week, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warned Hungry to backtrack on her anti-LGBTQ + policy after pressure mounted on Brussels to cut EU funding to Budapest.
The Pope has been hospitalized since July 4. We don’t know when it will come out
The 84-year-old is recovering from surgery to remove part of his large intestine
The EU is expected to soon reveal legal proceedings against Hungary as a result.
According to Bloomberg, the European Commission is considering sending Hungary a letter of formal notice as a last resort before the case goes to EU courts.