Pope Francis talks with young hospital patients who joined him on the balcony to lead the Angelus at Gemelli hospital in Rome on Sunday, July 11, 2021. He is recovering from scheduled colon surgery which took place eight days ago, on the evening of Sunday, July 4. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters)

    “Why do children suffer? Why children suffer is a question that touches the heart. Accompany them with prayer, and pray for all the sick, especially those in more difficult conditions. May no one be left alone. May everyone receive the anointing of listening, closeness and care. Let us ask this through the intercession of Mary, our Mother, Health of the Sick.” —Pope Francis, yesterday in Rome during his noon Angelus. The Pope has been recuperating from surgery for 8 days, and yesterday met with some of the children who are also being cared for in the hospital (here is an EWTN video of the Angelus, which will allow you to see for yourself how well the Pope is doing). Yesterday the Pope also noted that July 11 was the Feast of St. Benedict, the Patron Saint of Europe

    “Only in this way, in the face of life’s difficulties, can one always put oneself on the line, fighting without giving up, with hope and trust.” —Pope Francis, reflecting on the determined attitude of sportsmen who, as they enter and engage in each competition, know they may face defeat, though striving for victory. The Pope offered this reflection to those with him, evidently yesterday evening, in the context of two widely followed soccer games on Sunday, one in South America, one in Europe. In South America, Argentina defeated Brazil in the Copa America (the Pope is, of course, Argentine). In Europe, Italy defeated England to win the Euro 2020 cup (the Pope is also, of course, the Bishop of Rome, Italy’s capital, and so, naturally, would have rejoiced at Italy’s victory)

Praise the Lord

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