In a letter to the elderly, sick priests from Lombardy, Italy, the Pope wrote to pray for his health. “Please, pray, because I am a bit old and a bit sick, but not very much” – he emphasized. The message was announced on Thursday by Vatican News.
In a letter to the senior priests who gathered in Caravaggio near Bergamo, the Pope wrote that priests “are going through a phase of old age, which is not a disease but a privilege”. It is the privilege of “being like Jesus who suffers and carrying the cross like him.”
As Francis emphasized, the community caring for the sick is “rooted in Jesus”.
At the meeting where the Pope’s letter was read, it was mentioned that nearly 300 priests died from COVID-19 in Italy. 92 of them were from Lombardy.
In the frank words of 84-year-old Francis there is a reference to major bowel surgeryhe passed in July. In time ended on Wednesday travel to Budapest and Slovakia he was in very good shape and endured the hardships of her intensive program.
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