Pope Francis appears at Vatican window 2 weeks after colon surgery

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VATICAN CITY -- Two weeks aft country that removed a information of his colon, Pope Francis connected Sunday resumed his play appearances from a Vatican model to bless the faithful successful St. Peter's Square.

Francis, 84, sounded cheerful but somewhat winded astatine 1 constituent portion speaking for 14 minutes.

Exactly a week earlier, Francis had delivered the blessing from a infirmary balcony and expressed heavy gratitude to aesculapian unit caring for him. The pontiff underwent bowel country connected July 4 to region a information of his colon aft intestinal narrowing.

While not mentioning his ain ongoing convalescence, Francis successful his remarks stressed the worth of taking a break. He recommended "rest, contemplation and compassion. Let's instrumentality vantage of summertime for this."

After giving his blessing, Francis cited immoderate somber existent events. He expressed closeness to those "hit by catastrophic floods," which claimed astatine slightest 180 lives, successful Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. "May the Lord invited the deceased and comfortableness the household members,'' the pope said.

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He besides lamented unit successful South Africa, wherever much than 200 radical died successful chaos and unit sparked by the imprisonment of a erstwhile president. Francis noted South Africans person already been suffering economical and wellness difficulties caused by the pandemic. He said helium was making a heartfelt entreaty for efforts for bid and truthful that assistance reaches the needy.

"May the tendency that has guided the radical of South Africa to beryllium reborn successful harmony among each its children not beryllium forgotten,'' Francis said.

Among the cheering nationalist successful St. Peter's Square were astir 100 Cuban residents of Rome who displayed a banner urging enactment for protesters successful their homeland.

"I americium adjacent to the beloved Cuban radical successful these hard moments, particularly to the families who are suffering more,'' Francis said.

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He added: "I commune that the Lord assistance them to physique an ever much conscionable and fraternal nine successful peace, dialog and solidarity."

A week earlier, protests began successful Cuba against nutrient and medicine shortages and powerfulness outages, with immoderate calling for governmental alteration successful the Caribbean country, which has been governed by the Communist Party for astir six decades.

Toward the extremity of his remarks from a model of the Apostolic Palace, adlibbing astatine times and aft interrupting himself erstwhile to cough, Francis sounded a spot winded. But helium ended with a strong, cheery invitation to the assemblage arsenic helium ever does to commune for him and to "have a bully lunch."

The assemblage of respective 100 clapped loudly. Some held nationalist flags and astatine slightest 1 homemade banner, with a reddish bosom and "I Love You" successful Italian written connected it.

After 10 days successful the large Catholic infirmary successful Rome, Francis returned to his location successful Vatican City connected July 14.

Except for the Sunday noon assignment to connection his blessing to faithful gathered successful St. Peter's Square, the pontiff has nary different nationalist appearances scheduled for the remainder of July. Even earlier his country was announced, the Vatican had said that his play wide audiences connected Wednesdays wouldn't instrumentality spot during July. That's successful keeping with past years of his papacy, which let him a spot of a summertime break.

Hours earlier heading to the infirmary for surgery, Francis announced that helium would sojourn Hungary and Slovakia successful mid-September.

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