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"I am happy to be able to keep the Sunday appointment with the Angelus prayer here at the Gemelli hospital", the pontiff told faithful gathered under the balcony at the tenth floor of the hospital.
"I have felt your closeness and the support of your prayers", Francis added.
Pope Francis is recovering from intestinal surgery, but he was not well enough to return to the Vatican in time for his Sunday noon blessing there, the Vatican said on Friday (July 9).
It was the first time since his election in 2013 that Francis did not read the prayer from the Vatican, except for when he was away on trips.