Pope Francis Shows Improvement in Vitality, Calls for Peace Ahead of Easter

Pope Francis looks healthier during his weekly audience

Pope Francis, who has recently faced health challenges, showed more vitality on Wednesday as he prepared for a busy Easter week schedule. The 87-year-old pontiff was able to read out his prepared texts at his weekly audience, showing a significant improvement from previous audiences where an aide had taken on most of the readings. Despite suffering from bronchitis and influenza, Francis made appeals for peace in Ukraine and the Middle East, and met with two men who had both lost daughters in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The papal health concerns were brought to light when he missed his homily at a Palm Sunday service a few days prior. However, it is expected that he will lead several important services leading up to Easter Sunday, including a ritual at a women’s prison on Thursday. Easter is a significant event in the Christian calendar, marking the resurrection of Jesus.

Despite his limited mobility and recent health issues, Pope Francis arrived at the audience hall with a cane instead of a wheelchair. He seemed in good spirits as he addressed the faithful, acknowledging the last-minute change of venue due to rainy weather. While concerns about his health remain, it is clear that Pope Francis is determined to fulfill his duties and continue serving the Catholic community.

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