Pope Francis greeted well-wishers on Sunday from the 10th floor balcony of his hospital room where he is recovering from major intestinal surgery. The pope, 84, stood for 10 minutes on the balcony of his special suite at Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, and thanked the crowd of at least 200 supporters for their prayers.
Pope Francis said good health care should be accessible and free for all. “In these days of being hospitalized, I have experienced how important good health care is, accessible to all, as it is in Italy and in other countries,” he said.
“A health care system that assures good service, [and is] accessible to everyone. This precious benefit must not be lost. It needs to be kept,” the pope added.
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“Your vocation as a Church is not to have money but to be of service, and service is always free,” – @Pontifex in remarks about how healthcare should be universal and free, and church-run hospitals shouldn’t be closing in the face of economic difficulty.https://t.co/om8Fy2mvEY
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