“It has been a great help and comfort to me,” he stressed on his first Sunday on the balcony of the Apostolic Palace after his hospitalization.
Pope Francis prayed the Angelus this Sunday in public from Saint Peter’s Square, the first time he has done so after his operationand expressed his gratitude “for the love” received during hospitalization.
“I want to express my gratitude for the affection, the care, the friendship, this human closeness, It has been a great help and comfort to me.“said the pontiff, referring to the messages received in the days he spent at the Gemelli hospital in Rome, greeted by long plause.
The Pope’s voice still looked weakdespite the fact that he regularly recites the Angelus, standing on the balcony of the Apostolic Palace.
“God is not far away, but He is Father, He knows you and loves you; He wants to take you by the hand, even when you go down steep and rough paths, even when you fall and it is hard for you to get up and move on,” he said.
“He, the Lord, is there with you. In fact, often at times when you are weakest you can feel his presence most strongly. He knows the way, he is with you, he is your Father”, insisted Jorge Bergoglio.
Tuesday June 20 is World Refugee Day promoted by the United Nations, recalled the Pope at the Angelus.
“It is with great sadness and much pain that I think of the victims of the very serious shipwreck that occurred in recent days off the coast of Greece. And it seems, it seems – Francis stressed – that the sea was calm. I renew my prayers for those who have lost their life and I implore that everything possible is always done to prevent such tragedies.
In the first Angelus prayer after his hospitalization, Francisco he did not forget about the war in Ukraine.
“Let us persevere in prayer for the population of the tormented Ukraine, let us not forget them, who suffer so much,” he said.
Finally, he insisted with his request for peace throughout the world.
“I pray for the young students who were victims of the brutal attack on a school in western Uganda. This fighting, this war everywhere: let us pray for peace,” the Pope declared.
(With information from ANSA)