Exactly a week earlier, Francis had delivered the blessing from a hospital balcony. The pontiff underwent intestinal surgery on July 4 to remove part of his colon after a narrowing of the intestine.
The public greeted national flags and he applauded in anticipation of the Pope’s appearance this Sunday.
“Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!” Francis said and smiled at the crowd below in St. Peter’s Square.
After 10 days in the main Catholic hospital in Rome, Francis returned home in Vatican City July 14.
With the exception of the appointment on Sunday at noon to offer his blessing to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff has no other public appearances scheduled for the rest of July. Even before his surgery was announced, the Vatican had said his weekly general audiences on Wednesdays would not be held during July, in keeping with past years of his papacy, which allowed him a summer vacation.
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