Pope Francis Overcomes Winter Illnesses to Urge for Peace: A Story of Friendship and Forgiveness

Pope Shows Improvement in Health, Commends Israeli and Arab Fathers Who Lost Daughters in Conflict

In preparation for Holy Week, Pope Francis has been struggling with winter illnesses like the flu, bronchitis or a cold. Despite his fragile health and recent challenges, the 87-year-old Pontiff appeared more stable and able to address the audience on his own as he walked into the Vatican audience hall for his weekly general audience.

During the audience, Francis spoke about the importance of peace and urged an immediate end to ongoing conflicts around the world. He highlighted the significance of friendship and forgiveness in overcoming enmity and working towards peace.

One such example of friendship and reconciliation was shared by the Pope, who recounted the story of two men in the audience hall who had lost their daughters in the Middle East conflict. Despite their grief and differences, they had formed a powerful bond that transcended their enmity. The book “Apeirogon” by Colum McCann details their journey and serves as a testament to the power of forgiveness, healing, and unity.

Before addressing the general audience, Francis met with these two men in private to acknowledge their pain and suffering caused by conflict while emphasizing the importance of forgiveness, healing, and unity.

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