He Pope Francisco was well enough to read the Angelus prayer from a window in the Vatican overlooking St. Peter’s Square on Friday, speaking unaided for the first time since suffering acute lung inflammation two weeks ago.
In recent weeks, the Supreme Pontiff, who will turn 87 at the end of this month, has asked his collaborators to help him read his prayers and messages. According to him he had declared, He got very tired when talking after suffering from bronchitiswhich is why he also canceled a planned trip to the COP28 climate summit in Dubai due to a medical prescription after an attack of flu and an associated lung problem.
This Friday, for the Catholic holiday of the Immaculate Conception, The Holy Father looked out the window of the Apostolic Palace with a full-length white coat. He remained standing during the brief Angelus prayer, which is recited on Sundays and on all holy festivals. He also smiled and waved to the crowd in the square.
During his appearance, he was seen coughing very briefly at one point, but made no reference to his health. It is expected that The Holy Father later visits the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Romeand also pray and place flowers at the base of a statue of the Virgin in the center of the city.
What Pope Francis said about his state of health
The Pope had said on Wednesday that he was feeling much betterr, although he added that his voice was still weak. The truth is that his health had raised concerns since it was his second case of bronchitis so far this year.
During the reading of the catechism to Monsignor Filippo Ciampanelli, Francisco He referred to his condition and reassured himself that he “feels much better”, although he also noted: “I get tired if I talk too much“.
The Pope’s message for peace
During his appearance from the Vatican window, the Supreme Pontiff took the opportunity to ask for peace in Ukraine, the Middle East and the world. In addition, he used his social networks to make the same request and spread a message through his official X account where he wrote: “I ask you all (…) to pray especially for peace, peace in Ukraine, peace in Palestine and Israel, and in all the lands wounded by wars. Let us ask for peace. May hearts be pacified,” he said. “Let there be peace!” she added.