Pope Francis speaks for free health care in his first speech after his Népszava operation

The Catholic head of the church criticized the managers of church-maintained hospitals whose first thought in the event of economic difficulties was to close health care facilities.

Pope Francis spoke in favor of free, universal health care in his first public speech on Sunday, a week after his surgery. In an impromptu part of the Catholic archbishop’s speech, he spoke about the fact that during his time in the hospital he was able to experience again the importance of accessible, high-quality and free health care for all. Pope Francis, 84, underwent surgery last Sunday for colon stenosis. The pope, now in apparently better health, delivered the usual Angelic Prayer on Sunday noon and the accompanying speech from the tenth-floor window of Gemelli Hospital in front of hundreds of believers waiting in front of the clinic.

He read his ten-minute speech from a pre-prepared text, but made impromptu remarks on several occasions. At times, it seemed a little hard to breathe and his voice became raspy.

In this context, news agencies recalled that part of their lungs had to be removed at an early age. He criticized the managers of church-maintained hospitals who, as he put it, had their first thought of closing down health care facilities in the event of economic hardship. “Church vocation is not about money, but about service, and it’s always free,” the pope noted, surrounded by several children treated at Gemmelli Hospital. The Catholic archbishop also urged an end to the violence in Haiti, where President Jovenel Moise was killed on Wednesday. The crowd gathered under the balcony, waving national flags, greeted Pope Francis with cheers and chanted, “Viva il Papa!” (Long live the pope!). Doctors and patients on the adjoining balconies listened to the pope’s speech.

“It was great to see the pope again … his voice trembled a little, but the pope will always be the pope, and we wanted to be here,” said Father Massimiliano, an Italian priest, one of the participants.

The Vatican did not publish a health report on Sunday, but the previous day reported that Pope Francis’ condition was improving, slowly returning to business. Your doctors originally prescribed one week of hospital care, but there is no information yet on when you can leave the clinic.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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