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Pope Francis called for “dialogue and solidarity” in Cuba | He expressed his closeness to the Cuban people “in these difficult times.”

Pope Francis expressed his concern about the “difficult moments” that Cuba is experiencing as a result of the protests that broke out last Sunday and called for “dialogue and solidarity” in that country., after praying the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace. Francisco, who left the hospital last Wednesday after spending ten days in hospital for a colon operation, briefly referred to the unprecedented demonstrations of sectors opposed to the government of Miguel Díaz Canel, motivated among other causes by the delicate economic situation and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am close to the beloved Cuban people in these difficult times, especially close to the families who suffer the most.”Francisco said according to the official Spanish transcription of his message delivered in Italian. “I pray to the Lord to help him build in peace, dialogue and solidarity an increasingly just and fraternal society,” the pontiff added.

The reference to Cuba was received with applause by the faithful and pilgrims who listened attentively to his words from the Plaza de San Pedro, some of them with Cuban flags. The Pope invited the Cubans to entrust themselves to the patron saint of the island, Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre. “She will accompany you on this path,” he promised.

Francisco’s closeness to Cuba is not a novelty. The first Latin American pope in history visited the island in 2015, stage of a trip that also took him to the United States. By then met with Fidel Castro at his home in Havana, months before his death in 2016.

The Argentine pope follows the situation in Cuba and demonstrated this by discreetly mediating the historic rapprochement between the island and the United States in 2014, something that the leaders of that time thanked, both President Raúl Castro and his American counterpart Barack Obama.

The latter, in fact, confessed the “personal” involvement of Pope Francis in the process of negotiations between his country and Cuba to initiate a normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations, a process that cooled down again after the government of Republican Donald Trump.

The origin of the protests

On July 11, a massive demonstration took place in Cuba in the western municipality of San Antonio de los Baños, triggered by the economic crisis and the increase in coronavirus cases. As the hours passed, the mobilizations were replicated in other locations in the country.

The protests, unprecedented since the 1990s, during the crisis that occurred due to the fall of the Soviet Union, which was the main ally of the Cuban Executive, resulted in protesters clashes with police and government supporters. The latter were summoned by President Miguel Díaz Canel to defend the streets on suspicion of incitement to protest from outside the island.

Without a defined program or leadership, the protesters reiterate slogans of “freedom” and demand changes in the country, amid demands for a humanitarian intervention with the alleged purpose of facing the ravages of the pandemic.

Díaz Canel admits that there are reasons for social unrest, but he attributes them fundamentally to the economic, financial and commercial blockade that the United States has maintained against Cuba for more than six decades. This embargo is especially noticeable in the lack of supplies to combat the coronavirus.

The historic demonstrations provoked a first gesture from the Díaz Canel government: the authorization for Cubans to enter the country food, hygiene products and medicines, without limit of value and payment of fees, until the end of this year. On Saturday, the Cuban president denounced the spread of “lies” about the protests on the island during an act of “revolutionary reaffirmation” in the company of Raúl Castro and in front of tens of thousands of supporters.


Pope: Rest, Contemplation and Compassion for an “Ecology of the Heart”


The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
He conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria…

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Let me according to your word.
Ave Maria…

And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Ave Maria…

Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.
Let us pray Christ.

We pray.
We beseech Thee,
thy grace into our hearts;
that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of resurrection. Through Christ our Lord.


Glory be … (tar)
Eternal rest…

Apostolic blessing or Fapalis

Lord be with you and with your spirit.
Is the name of the almighty God bless you;
PA Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.



V. The Angel of the Lord announced to Mary.
A. And She conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria…

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
A. Let it be done in me according to Your Word.
Ave Maria…

V. And the divine Word became incarnate.
A. And he dwelt among us.
Ave Maria…

V. Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.
A. That we may be worthy of Christ’s promises.

Let’s pray.
Infuse, Lord, as we ask You, Your grace in our souls, so that we, who through the Annunciation of the Angel know the Incarnation of Christ, Your Son, through His Passion and Death on the Cross, may be led to the glory of the resurrection. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who is God with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

Glory to the Father… (3 times)
Give them eternal rest, Lord. And the perpetual light illuminates them. Rest in peace.

Apostolic or Papal Blessing
Lord be with you. He is between us.
May the name of the Lord be blessed.
Now and ever.
Our protection is in the name of the Lord.
What made heaven and earth. May Almighty God, Father, and Son and Holy Spirit bless you.



Pope Francis forbids Old Rite Masses in Parish Churches | Catholic church

Outside parish churches and subject to the approval of a bishop. In the name of ecclesial communion, Pope Francis published this Friday a motu proper (Papal decree) strongly restricting masses according to the ancient (or Tridentine) rite, subjecting them to the authorization of each bishop and prohibiting them from being held in parish churches.


Francis concluded his hospitalization and returned to the Vatican

This morning, according to the director of the Press Office of the Holy See, the Pope was discharged from the Gemelli Polyclinic Hospital and returned to his residence in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican around noon, first stopping to pray in the Basilica Saint Mary Major to give thanks for the “happy result of her stay” and to remember all the sick she encountered during her hospitalization.

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Responding to journalists’ questions, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, confirmed that this morning, shortly after 10:30 am (local time in Rome), the Holy Father was discharged from the University Hospital Agostino Gemelli.

Before returning to his residence in the Casa Santa Marta, in the Vatican, the Pope went to the Basilica of Santa María la Mayor where, before the image of the Virgin Salus Populi Romani, he thanked for the success of his surgical intervention , leading a prayer for all the sick, especially those he encountered during the days of his hospitalization.

Shortly before 12 noon he returned to Casa Santa Marta.

Scheduled operation for diverticular stenosis

His hospital admission, which attracted great media attention, was scheduled for Sunday, July 4, after the Angelus was prayed.

In the early afternoon, the director of the Press Office of the Holy See, gave the news: the Pontiff had left his residence in the Casa Santa Marta and was heading to the Gemelli Polyclinic for a “scheduled surgery for diverticular stenosis of the sigmoid “. Almost at midnight the first medical bulletin was released informing that Francisco had reacted well to the operation.

Messages and prayers from around the world

Since then messages of affection and prayers for the Holy Father have not stopped coming from all over the world. Throughout the week, various groups of people wishing to express their closeness to the Successor of Peter also began to congregate at the doors of the Gemelli Hospital, some of them through songs, flowers and posters. A fact that was repeated last Sunday, July 11, when Francis prayed the Marian Angelus prayer from a balcony of the Hospital.

On the other hand, among the first to wish the Pontiff a speedy recovery were Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyib, as well as other representatives of various religious, political and social institutions.

The affection of the little Gemelli patients

Francisco was particularly moved by the welcome he received during his stay at the Hospital, from the children hospitalized in the Pediatric Oncology department: a room located in front of the Pope’s rooms.

The little ones sent him their affection through drawings and letters, assuring him that they prayed for him. Yesterday afternoon, finally, the Holy Father had the opportunity to visit and bless them along with their families and health personnel.


Francisco visits children with cancer in hospital where he recovers from operation

Roma. Pope Francis on Tuesday visited children with cancer at the Rome hospital where he is recovering from intestinal surgery. The Vatican said the pontiff will be discharged “as soon as possible.”

Smiling and standing, the pontiff stroked the heads of young children as their parents carried them, according to photos of the meeting released by the Vatican. The visit to the children’s cancer ward of the Gemelli Polyclinic, on the same 10th floor as the papal suite, occurred in the afternoon.

In its daily medical report, the Vatican did not give a date for the pope’s discharge. He reiterated that the 84-year-old pontiff was continuing his planned course of treatment and rehabilitation.

Doctors removed half of Francisco’s colon on July 4 due to severe narrowing of his large intestine, in his biggest surgery since he assumed the papacy in 2013.

The Vatican had originally said that Francis could be discharged over the weekend, but now said he would stay a few more days.

The prelate appeared for the first time in public since the operation on Sunday and was seen in good shape when he said his weekly prayers from the 10th floor of the hospital, surrounded by young cancer patients. He took the opportunity to call on governments to offer free health care to all.

Francisco was later seen greeting elderly patients in the hospital corridor, moving around in a wheelchair.

The Vatican said Francis especially prayed for those confined to their beds and unable to return home.

“May they live this opportunity, even when they feel pain, to open tenderly to their sick brothers or sisters in the next bed, with whom they share the same human fragility”the Vatican said in its statement Tuesday.

When he was young, the Argentine pope had part of a lung removed, but other than that he has been in good health.


The Pope’s health: information and speculation | Francisco operated

Sunday July 4th the official Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, surprised the world by announcing in a statement that Pope Francis had been admitted to the Policlínico Gemelli from Rome to undergo a “scheduled intervention” due to “a severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis”. The 84-year-old Jorge Bergoglio’s operation required total anesthesia and all subsequent official reports speak of a favorable evolution of the pontiff’s health. The few details publicly referred to indicate a mild feverish state in Francisco after the operation and also account for the negative results of a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest-abdomen and other complementary studies carried out to rule out the possibility of cancer.

During the week Bruni reiterated on more than one occasion that the postoperative course is good and positive and only commented that Francisco began to eat lightly, moves from the chair to the bed, gets up and walks with the help of two nurses. The only one who gives information on the subject is the official spokesperson. Neither the hospital center, nor the doctor Sergio Alfieri, who commanded the team, nor any of the professionals who participated in the operation have said a word. The official information speaks of a normal recovery for a man of his age, despite which, the rumors and speculations regarding the pontiff’s health did not stop circulating, without the Vatican paying them more attention or having come out to deny them. .

As is traditional in the Vatican, on this occasion as in previous pontificates, the health of the potatoes is a matter of state on which the utmost care is taken and the greatest reserve is kept. But if this is the usual practice in Rome with regard to pontifical health, in the case of Francis it acquires even greater relevance because of Bergoglio’s style. Being Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the now Pope always kept secrecy about his private life and that decision persists, even with greater emphasis, since he settled in the Holy See. The Pope, say his closest friends, totally rejects the idea that his hospitalization becomes a “show” for audiences around the world. For this reason – they add – the surgical intervention was not announced previously despite being “scheduled”.

A few minutes before being transferred to the Gemelli Polyclinic where he was intervened, Francisco had delivered the Sunday Angelus and at the time the only announcement he made was that of his next trip in September to Budapest and Slovakia. Not a word about the operation he would undergo hours later. As soon as he finished, a car drove him to the medical center where he was operated on.

This was the second time in his life that Bergoglio received general anesthesia. The first occurred in Buenos Aires, 65 years ago, for surgery on the right lung. Francisco – according to what they say in his surroundings – does not have serious health problems. He suffers from pain typical of his age, he suffers from sciatica and two years ago he underwent surgery for cataracts in his eyesight. The one that occurred this week is the first hospitalization of Francisco since on March 13, 2013 he assumed as the highest authority of the Catholic Church. Sciatica is what forced him on several occasions during the last months of the previous year and the beginning of this one to be replaced by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re or by the Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, in some celebrations in the Basilica of Saint Peter that they are usually presided over by the pontiff.

In general, the pope’s health is neither an issue nor a cause for concern, although some have warned about Bergoglio’s busy schedule and also about the physical demands that travel demands. Francis only alluded to his “tiredness” in dialogue with journalists on the flight back to Rome after his recent visit to Iraq.

Despite Francisco’s claim to maintain the greatest reserve regarding the operation to which he was subjected, in addition to the speculations launched by the media and journalists, there was also a cataract of reactions that ranged from the bishops’ conferences around the world, to thousands of faithful who demonstrated by sending messages and adding prayers for Bergoglio’s health. The Pope responded with a short text sent through social networks saying that ““ I am moved by the messages and the affection received in recent days. I thank you all for your proximity ”.

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Children admitted to hospitals in Rome write to the Pope

The proximity of the little patients of the Policlinico Gemelli, in Rome, reached the Pontiff with an affectionate letter. The Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital sent a drawing of a girl who prays for the Pope’s quick recovery.

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“We hear you’re not doing so well and you’re now in our hospital.” Thus begins the letter that children and adolescents interned at the oncology unit of the Policlinico Gemelli, in Rome, wrote to Pope Francis. A small message written from the heart that has already reached the Pontiff. And the letter continues: “even though we can’t see each other, we send you a big hug and wish you a speedy recovery.”

Children from the oncology unit, where Francis is hospitalized, write to the Pope

This Thursday (8), a drawing published on the Twitter account of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital also aroused emotion. The illustration shows a little girl holding the hand of the Pope admitted to the hospital. On the side, the prayer of Giulia, author of the drawing:

“Dear Pope Francis, feel my prayer. I felt yours when I was sick.”


Papa at Gemelli Hospital, regular recovery: breakfast and walk

The July 6 Bulletin: Francisco rested well for the night and this morning he read some newspapers. The results of routine control tests are good.


The Pope’s convalescence continues regularly, according to the director of the Holy See Press Room, Matteo Bruni. Francisco was admitted Sunday afternoon at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome for an operation on his colon.

“His Holiness Pope Francis – the communiqué reads – rested well during the night. When he woke up, he had breakfast, read some newspapers and got up to walk.”

“The postoperative period is regular. The routine check-ups are good”, added Bruni based on the indications of the doctors who take care of the Pontiff.”


Too much pizza, empanadas, and little exercise would have caused Pope’s diverticulitis

First modification:

Pope Francis is doing well after undergoing a bowel surgery this Sunday. The Vatican reported Monday that he will have to remain hospitalized for seven days. Since arriving in Rome, Pope Jorge Bergoglio has gained weight and his diverticulitis was caused by a high-calorie diet and lack of physical activity.

By Gina Marques, RFI correspondent in Rome

Hospital sources, quoted by the Italian press, assure that the surgical intervention lasted about three hours, and that it began around 6:30 p.m. local time. According to a statement issued by the Press Office of the Holy See around midnight on Sunday, the Pope is well. Ten doctors were present in the operating room.

The intervention, first with laparoscopy and then open, was performed under general anesthesia. It was carried out by the medical team under the command of the expert surgeon and professor Sergio Alfieri.

“The Holy Father responded well to the operation performed under general anesthesia and carried out by Professor Sergio Alfieri, with the assistance of Professor Luigi Sofo, Dr. Antonio Tortorelli and Dr. Roberta Menghi. The anesthesia was performed by Professor Massimo Antonelli , Professor Liliana Sollazzi and Doctors Roberto De Cicco and Maurizio Soave. Professor Giovanni Battista Doglietto and Professor Roberto Bernabei were also present in the operating room, “says the Vatican statement.

The Pope will have to rest for seven days before returning to work. Due to the pontiff’s age, 84, the risks associated with general anesthesia were the main concern. The potato suffers from a potentially painful inflammation of the diverticula, hernias or bags that form in the walls of the digestive system and whose frequency increases with age. One of the possible complications of this disease is stenosis, which is a narrowing of the intestines.

The environment around the hospital

The Pope arrived at the Polliclinico Gemelli hospital on Sunday as a simple patient, in a no-frills car, accompanied only by the driver and his collaborator. The press did not know of his admission. Since yesterday afternoon, when the news was known, journalists from all over the world have been on duty in front of the hospital.

This morning the five windows of the room on the tenth floor where the Pope is hospitalized were closed. The long corridor on this floor is controlled by the Italian State Police, the Vatican Gendarmerie and the hospital’s private security.

During the pontificate of John Paul II, this hospital, located on the top of a hill in the district of Triunfale, in the north of Rome, came to be called by the Polish pontiff himself “Vatican No. 3”, that is, his third house after the Apostolic Palace and the summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, due to his numerous hospitalizations, especially after the assassination attempt he suffered in 1981.

In the case of Francisco, it is the first open surgery since he was Pope. According to Italian media, he underwent a small cataract operation performed with a laser at the Pius XI Clinic in Rome in December 2019. At age 21, Jorge Bergoglio had the upper lobe of his right lung removed due to pleurisy.

Few knew about the surgery

Before his hospitalization on Sunday, the Pope participated in the traditional Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The pontiff said he will make a trip to Hungary and Slovakia in September, but did not say that there would be surgery. The Vatican indicated that the surgery was scheduled in advance.

According to the Italian press, to face his new health problem, of which few knew until now, Francisco has wanted to wait until the beginning of July, a month in which, as every year, he reduces his commitments and interrupts the hearings. The operation would have been advised last February by his new personal doctor, geriatrician Roberto Bernabei.

At the end of last January, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported that Francisco was dieting to lose 7 to 8 kilos because he suffers from severe back pain caused by the sciatic nerve. He undergoes physical therapy continuously.

It’s no secret that Francisco loves pizza, empanadas, and some Argentine sweets. Those who knew him before his election as pontiff in 2013 have seen weight gain, mainly due to a richer diet and lack of exercise. When he lived in Buenos Aires, his hometown, he led a healthier lifestyle and was constantly moving through the streets of the Argentine capital.