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Healthy-looking Pope back in public after cancelling Rome visit

Published on Jun 29, 2014 7:32 PM
 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led a religious ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, his first public appearance since concerns for his health were raised when he abruptly cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital two days ago.

The 77-year-old Pope appeared to be in good health as he presided at a two-hour-long Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on the day the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

Last Friday, he cancelled a visit to patients at Rome's Gemelli hospital minutes before it was to have started because of what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition".

In his homily, Pope Francis said bishops should not seek gratification by cultivating "those who wield worldly power" but to find their personal security in their vocation to help the poor.

Pope Francis led a religious ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, June 29, 2014, his first public appearance since concerns for his health were raised when he abruptly cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital two days ago. -- PHOTO: AFP 
 
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