In his first public appearance after his hospitalizationPope Francis expressed his gratitude for the signs of affection and closeness received during the nine days he was hospitalized. The 86-year-old Supreme Pontiff presided over the traditional Marian Angelus prayer from his office window in the Apostolic Palace.
During his speech, the Pope recalled the upcoming World Refugee Day and lamented the tragic shipwreck that recently took place off the Greek coast, where an estimated 600 people lost their lives. Francis urged that everything possible be done to prevent similar tragedies in the future and renewed his prayers for all the victims.
Likewise, the Pope prayed for the young students who were victims of a brutal attack at a school in Uganda. With sadness, reflected on the wars and struggles that occur in different parts of the world and called to pray for peace. In particular, he appealed not to forget the “martyred” Ukraine and to persevere in prayer for its suffering population.
In his message, Francis highlighted the closeness of God and his unconditional love. He encouraged people to trust that God is with them in times of difficulty and to share the message of hope through gestures of love and service, rather than just words.
Pope He concluded his public appearance by once again thanking all the displays of affection and support he received during his hospitalization, and encouraged the community to continue praying for him and for others.