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Sun Jul 11, 2021, 01:21 PM

Pope Francis makes 1st appearance since intestinal surgery

Pope Francis on Sunday made his first public appearance since major intestinal surgery last week, greeting well-wishers as he stood for 10 minutes on a hospital balcony, offering hearty thanks for the prayers for his recovery and calling health care for all a “precious” good.

Francis, 84, has been steadily on the mend, according to the Vatican, following his July 4 scheduled surgery to remove a portion of his colon that had narrowed due to inflammation.

But it hasn’t said just when he might be discharged from the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome. On the morning after his surgery, a Holy See spokesperson said his hospital stay was expected to last seven days, “barring complications.”

“I am happy to be able to keep the Sunday appointment of the Angelus, even here from Gemelli Polyclinic,” Francis said. “I thank everyone. I felt your closeness and the support of your prayers.″

“Thank you from my heart!” exclaimed the pontiff, smiling as he peered over the balcony railing to better see the faithful below.

Besides seeing the faithful again, Francis had another reason to smile on Sunday. Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America soccer final. Francis is a huge soccer fan, and roots for the San Lorenzo squad in his native Buenos Aires.

At: https://apnews.com/article/pope-francis-first-appearance-after-surgery-2e342f6c29ed7ec749452d9121bf8cac

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Tue Jul 13, 2021, 11:20 AM

1. I attended the Angelus the Pope hosts every Sunday while I was in Rome.

Though far away, I certainly found him congenial in person. The crowd was a hoot -- groups from South America, elsewhere in Europe. Little like being at a football game.

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Tue Jul 13, 2021, 11:22 AM

2. What memories - thanks for sharing

I've only visited St. Peter's and the Museum as a tourist. Long lines (to the museum) - but worth it.

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