May 22, 2024 5:39 pm
Pope makes public appearance looking healthier and commends Israeli and Arab fathers who lost daughters in conflict

Pope Francis recently appeared in public for his weekly general audience at the Vatican Audience Hall, appearing to be in better health. The 87-year-old Pontiff walked in on his own with a cane and delivered his speech with a clear voice. This was his first public event since Palm Sunday Mass, where he skipped his homily due to fragile health.

During the Wednesday audience, Francis spoke about the virtue of patience and called for peace in ongoing conflicts. He specifically mentioned two fathers present in the hall, Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan, who had both lost their daughters in separate incidents related to the conflict in the Middle East. Despite their losses, they remained friends and showed solidarity with each other. The Vatican press office shared their story as an example of hope and unity in the face of tragedy.

Francis met privately with these two men before the general audience and expressed admiration for their bond. He emphasized that it is essential to look beyond war and enmity to find friendship and compassion in times of hardship. The meeting between Francis and the two fathers was a powerful moment of empathy and understanding amid ongoing conflicts in the Holy Land, highlighting how even those affected by tragedy can find hope through acts of kindness and solidarity.

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