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Pope: Thank you all for your closeness and prayer during my illness

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Pope Francis, who left the Gemelli clinic in Rome after three days on Saturday, thanked everyone for their closeness and prayer during his illness, and also expressed his admiration for the people working in the hospital. Earlier, after leaving the clinic, Franciszek answered the questions of journalists gathered outside the clinic. He also talked for a while with crying parents who lost their daughter in the night.

The following words of Francis appeared on the pope’s Twitter profile: “Thank you all for your closeness and prayer. I entrust to Mary the sick, especially the smallest ones, such as those I met in the oncology ward of the Gemelli Polyclinic.”

“Let us pray for those who suffer after the death of loved ones and for the people who work in the hospital. This requires heroism. I admire them,” the pope added.

There was also a photo of Francis praying in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, where he had gone straight from the hospital on his way to the Vatican.

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The pope left the hospital

Earlier, the Vatican said that the medical team dealing with the pope, after analyzing the results of the tests carried out on Friday and in the light of the progress made so far, decided to discharge Francis from the hospital. The pope left Rome’s Gemelli clinic on Saturday morning. He has been in the clinic since Wednesday because of bronchitis.

Pope Francis left the hospital on SaturdayPAP/EPA/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI

“I’m still alive”

At the moment of leaving the hospital, the car with the pope stopped at the gate, where a group of journalists was standing. Francis got out and talked with them for a long time. He confirmed that he would preside at the Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Reuters reported later, citing the Vatican, that the pope would lead the celebrations throughout Holy Week.

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When asked by journalists how he was feeling, Francis joked: “I’m still alive. The media noted that the pope is in good shape. “Thank you for your work, for informing people, it’s a beautiful job,” the pope told reporters. “I know some of you spent the night here,” he added. He explained that on Wednesday after the general audience he felt bad. “But I wasn’t afraid,” he said.

The pope also spoke briefly with the crying parents who had lost their daughter in the night, standing next to the media envoys. He embraced them, comforted them, and prayed with them. He also autographed a cast on the boy’s hand.

A woman who has lost her baby hugs Pope Francis who has just left the hospitalPAP/EPA/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI

Pope Francis autographed the boy’s castPAP/EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

A short stop in front of the Vatican

Francis did not immediately return to the Vatican, but went straight from the Gemelli clinic to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, where he always prays during important moments of his pontificate. After praying, he went to the Vatican.

Before the pope drove through the gates of the Vatican, he stopped and spoke to journalists and policemen who patrol the area there. Pope handed Easter chocolate eggs to the gathered people.

Main photo source: https://twitter.com/Pontifex_pl

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