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July 13, 2021
Pope Francis's stay in hospital following the operation on July 4 was originally slated for five days. That prediction was extended last week, and Pope Francis prayed the Angelus in hospital. On Monday, the Vatican announced that he would remain in hospital some days more.
July 13, 2021
"A man of justice, peace and unity," Pope Francis writes, "[the late Cardinal Monswengo] has been deeply involved in integral human development in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
July 11, 2021
"Free health care," the pope said, "that assures good service, accessible to everyone," is a "precious benefit" that "must not be lost."
July 10, 2021
Pope Francis is resting after undergoing a planned three-hour operation on July 4, for what the Vatican described as symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon. Pope Francis has been touched by the many messages of support received following his operation. He will recite the Angelus prayer from his hospital room on July 11, 2021.
July 09, 2021
The tenth anniversary of South Sudan’s birth as an independent nation “calls to mind your past struggles and points with hope to the future,” reads a letter addressed to South Sudan’s political leaders, which was signed by Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and Jim Wallace, this year’s Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s
July 09, 2021
Pope Francis spent a "quiet day" on Thursday, "with normal clinical progress." The bulletin said the Holy Father "continued to eat regularly and continued his scheduled treatment," but offered no details regarding the treatment itself. "He walked in the corridor and resumed his work, alternating it with moments of reading texts."
July 08, 2021
Pope Francis has expressed his “sadness” over the “heinous assassination” of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, and condemned “all forms of violence [used] as a means of resolving crises and conflicts.” The Pope’s sentiments were conveyed in a telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Holy Father. The Pope offered
July 08, 2021
The European Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution calling for legal action in response to a new law in Hungry banning the portrayal or promotion of homosexuality to minors under the age of 18. The new Hungarian legislation would affect the teaching of sex education in schools, by forbidding the use of materials seen as
July 08, 2021
"At this particular moment," Bruni said, "[Pope Francis] looks toward all those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care."
July 07, 2021
Bishops in southern Africa are calling for “restraint and a spirit of meaningful dialogue” in the Kingdom of Eswatini as the government cracks down on pro-democracy demonstrations. Unrest began in the land-locked nation formerly known as Swaziland, after the death of a 25-year-old law student in April, allegedly at the hands of police. Student demonstrations
July 07, 2021
"Pope Francis," reads the midday, Wednesday, update from the Press Office of the Holy See, "is touched by the many messages and the affection received in these days, and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer."
July 06, 2021
“It is clear to us that this is part of a plan to stop children from being educated,” said Christian bishop Iftikhar Indryas. “We Christians are being treated like sewage.”