The Pope has no fever. He celebrated Mass, walked for a while, and resumed work, reading some papers. Francis, along with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and Moderator Jim Wallace of the Church of Scotland addressed a letter to the leaders of South Sudan on the ten years of their country’s independence.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis will recite the Angelus from the Gemelli University Hospital on Sunday, the director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni announced.
Today the Pope celebrated Mass and resumed work. “His Holiness Pope Francis spent a quiet day with normal clinical progress.
“He continued to eat regularly and continued his scheduled treatment. He walked in the corridor and resumed his work, alternating it with moments of reading texts.
“In the afternoon, he celebrated Holy Mass in the chapel of his private apartment, attended by all those assisting him during his hospitalisation.
“Following the brief episode with a slight temperature, the Holy Father is without fever.
“Next Sunday the Angelus will be recited from the tenth floor of the A. Gemelli University Hospital.
“The Holy Father gives thanks for the many messages of affection and closeness that he receives daily and asks that we continue to pray for him.”
The Pope underwent several tests recently; in particular, a CT scan of the chest and the abdomen was negative.
Previously, the Press Office had noted that “The final histological examination has confirmed a severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis.” This excluded the presence of any tumour.
Meanwhile, the Pontiff, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and Moderator Jim Wallace of the Church of Scotland signed a letter addressed to the political leaders of South Sudan on the tenth anniversary of their country's independence.
In it, the Church leaders write: “we send you our cordial good wishes, conscious that this anniversary calls to mind your past struggles and points with hope to the future.
“Your nation is blessed with immense potential, and we encourage you to make even greater efforts to enable your people to enjoy the full fruits of independence.”
“Much more needs to be done in South Sudan to shape a nation that reflects God’s kingdom, in which the dignity of all is respected and all are reconciled”.