By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pilgrims and well-wishers gathered at Rome’s Gemelli hospital to greet Pope Francis as he made his first public look in per week after present process intestinal surgical procedure.
Showing on the tenth ground balcony of his suite of rooms on the hospital July 11, the pope was greeted with applause and shouts of “Viva il papa” (“Lengthy dwell the pope”) from the gang that stood below the scorching noon solar to see him.
“I thanks all,” the pope mentioned. “I’ve felt your closeness and the assist of your prayers. Thanks very a lot.”
Pope Francis arrived at Gemelli hospital July 4 to endure “a scheduled surgical intervention for a symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon,” the Vatican mentioned. The pope has recovered steadily from his surgical procedure and resumed working from the hospital.
Among the many well-wishers exterior the hospital was Liliana Valina who, like Pope Francis, is a local of Argentina dwelling in Rome.
Draped within the Argentine flag after the nation’s July 10 win in opposition to Brazil within the Copa America soccer championship, Valina instructed Catholic Information Service that she was there “as a result of I look after this pope very a lot and never simply because he’s from Argentina like me.”
“I feel he tells Jesus’ message in a transparent method, even on issues which might be uncomfortable for some,” she mentioned. “I got here right here hoping that he recovers quickly, that he be wholesome.”
When requested what she would inform her fellow countryman if she might converse on to him, Valina mentioned: “By no means really feel alone as a result of you’ve gotten God and you’ve got many individuals who love you and are with you.”
Marlene Barbosa, a local of Peru dwelling in Rome, additionally was exterior the hospital along with her husband, Maximo Lopez, in addition to her mom, Susanna Morante, who traveled from Washington, D.C., to be along with her household and have an opportunity to see the pope.
“We wished to see him and obtain his blessing as a result of we’re Catholic, we’re believers and thru prayer, we have now been near the pope in today through which his well being has been delicate,” Barbosa instructed CNS.
“We’re with him, we’re all the time praying for him in order that he’ll get better utterly,” she mentioned. “We love him, all of Peru loves him and the entire world loves him.”
In his tackle, the pope mirrored on the Sunday Gospel studying from St. Mark, through which Jesus despatched out his disciples to anoint the sick with oil and heal them.
The oil, he mentioned, not solely represents the consolation given via the sacramental anointing of the sick, but in addition symbolizes “the closeness, the care, the tenderness of those that care for the sick particular person.”
“It is sort of a caress that makes you’re feeling higher, soothes your ache and cheers you up. All of us, everybody, ultimately, all of us want this ‘anointing’ of closeness and tenderness, and we are able to all give it to another person, with a go to, a cellphone name, a hand outstretched to somebody who wants assist,” he mentioned.
Pope Francis mentioned that his time within the hospital gave him the chance to expertise “as soon as once more how essential good well being care is” and that free, common well being care, particularly for probably the most susceptible, is a “treasured profit (that) should not be misplaced.”
Acknowledging that some hospitals run by the church face the specter of closure “because of poor administration,” the pope mentioned the Catholic Church’s vocation “is to not have cash; it’s to supply service and repair is all the time freely given.”
“Don’t forget this: save free establishments,” he mentioned.
Earlier than praying the Angelus prayer with the trustworthy, Pope Francis expressed his “appreciation and encouragement” to the docs, nurses and employees at Gemelli hospital. He additionally requested for prayers for the sufferers, particularly the youngsters, on the hospital, a number of of whom stood on the balcony with him.
“Why youngsters endure is a query that touches the center. Accompany them with prayer and pray for all those that are sick, particularly for these in probably the most tough circumstances,” the pope mentioned. “Could nobody be left alone, could everybody obtain the anointing of listening, closeness, tenderness and care.”