© Reuters. On July 18, 2021, after bowel surgery in the Vatican, Pope Francis led the angel to pray from his window in the Vatican. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Vatican City (Reuters)-Pope Francis made his first public appearance after returning to the Vatican midweek after 11 days in hospital. He told the blessers that they should take a break and get rid of the pressures of modern life.
“Let us stop the crazy running determined by our agenda. Let us learn how to take a break and turn off the phone,” Pope Francis said in his weekly speech from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
The 84-year-old pope had part of his colon removed during an operation on July 4th-this is the first time Francis has faced serious health problems during his eight-year pope tenure.
He returned to the Vatican on Wednesday, where he needed the help of an assistant to get out of the car. He looked good on Sunday, and his voice was relatively clear, but not as strong as before he was hospitalized. He did not mention his hospitalization.
When he appeared in the open window, hundreds of people gathered in the sunny square and cheered.
Normally, the pope mentions events that dominate the world’s headlines at the end of his speech.
He urged an end to the recent public riots in South Africa and called for peace and dialogue in Cuba after unprecedented protests shook the communist country.
“During these difficult times, I am also very close to the dear Cuban people, especially those families who are particularly suffering,” Francis said to cheers.
He also mentioned the catastrophic floods in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in recent days, which have killed more than 180 people.
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