Msgr. Filippo Ciampanelli again read the prepared papal remarks on his behalf, with Francis noting that he was ‘still struggling’ from his illness. ‘But I’m better.’
The Holy Father, for the second consecutive Sunday, was assisted by an aide in praying the Angelus, as he continues to recover from an acute bronchial infection. Francis closed the broadcast by wishing the nearly 20,000 faithful present in the piazza and those watching the broadcast, ‘I wish everyone a happy Sunday and a happy Advent journey.’
COMMENTARY: Catholics ought to pray for the Holy Father’s recovery from illness — and in thanksgiving that he is not going to Dubai.
Pope Francis Reportedly Confirms He is Taking Away Cardinal Burke’s Apartment, Denies Calling Him His ‘Enemy’
Pope Francis removed Cardinal Burke from the post of prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in 2014 and instead appointed him cardinal patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a mostly ceremonial role dedicated to the spiritual welfare of the members of the order.
The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion.
Vatican has published the schedule of Pope Francis’ liturgies through the Jan. 7 feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
The sacramental, blessed by the Holy Father, was sent to Javier Milei and Vice President-elect Victoria Villarruel.
Francis, who turns 87 next month, spent much of the past decade as pope in relatively good health but has dealt with several painful medical conditions over the last few years.
French and Taiwanese couples join a Polish couple already serving as members of the dicastery for a total of three sets of spouses among the Vatican office’s 28 members, which include eight women.