with videoBarely a day after leaving hospital, Pope Francis, 86, celebrated Mass “just now” in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday morning. At least 30,000 faithful have seen the Pope fit again after treatment for bronchitis to begin traditionally in the week before Easter. The Pope went to the ceremony in his Popemobile and greeted passers-by.
It is Palm Sunday when Christians remember that Christ entered Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is the last Sunday before Easter, which is celebrated the next Sunday after Holy Week.
Pope Francis ended up in Gemelli Hospital in Rome last Wednesday with respiratory problems. His medical team stated that he had a bronchitis infection. Pope was given antibiotics and then recovered quickly. He left the hospital happy and waving Saturday. “I felt sick, but I wasn’t afraid,” the pope told reporters. I am still alive.”
When he left the hospital, my father comforted 5-year-old Angelica, who had died in the same hospital. He pressed the crying mother to his chest and whispered consoling words.
Instead of going home, the Pope drove his Fiat 500 past the Vatican and stopped at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to pray. When he next came out, people in the street applauded him and shouted, “Long live the Pope!”
Easter egg delivery
Then the Pope stopped at another place to hand out chocolate Easter eggs to the officers accompanying him in his car.
As a sign of his improving health, the Vatican released his program for the upcoming Easter week. On Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (9 April), he leads masses in St. Peter’s Square. In between, he will lead Mass at the Juvenile Detention Center in Rome on Maundy Thursday. The only question is whether he will attend a nightly torch-lit procession at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday.
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