Benedict XVI Prays for Pope Francis’ Recovery

Says His Personal Secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein

Monsignor Served
Francis and Benedict XVI © Vatican Media

Benedict XVI’s “thoughts go affectionately to Pope Francis and he prays fervently for him,” said the Pope Emeritus’ private secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein to the Italian media,” reported “Vatican News” in German.

Pope Francis’ post-operative recovery, following his colon surgery on July 4, is “regular and satisfactory,” said the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, at midday on July 7, 2021. In his statement, Bruni said that the Holy Father “has continued to eat regularly and the parenteral therapy has been suspended.

“The definitive histological examination confirmed a grave diverticular stenosis of sclerosing diverticulitis,” he added.

Finally, the Holy See’s spokesman said that the Pontiff is “moved by the many messages and affection received during these days and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and payer.”

Messages from Around the World

In fact, the Holy Father has received messages from Heads of State and Government of many countries, including China (Taiwan), Poland, Turkey, Cyprus, Palestine, Cuba, . . .

The Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) also expressed its “prayer and closeness” to Pope Francis, following his colon operation. In a letter signed by Monsignor Miguel Cabrejos, CELAM’s President, the Council transmitted is “filial greeting, especially in these moments in which you are hospitalized.”

“On hearing about your surgery, our concern turned into prayer and closeness and, together with our faithful, as People of God, we have invoked the heavenly Good Father so that the surgical intervention you underwent is successful. We now know it has been so, and we are full of profound joy,” reads the text, published on July 5, 2021.

That same day, Cardinal Juan Jose Omella, President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, said on his Twitter account: “Today I ask you to join me in prayer for the speedy recovery of Pope Francis, who, after presiding over Sunday’s Angelus yesterday, underwent a scheduled surgical intervention, taking advantage of his vacation.”