Photos of Pope Francis’ first public appearance on Palm Sunday after his hospitalization

The Pope on his arrival at Saint Peter’s Square (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE/)

Pope Francis presided over the Palm Sunday Mass today, one day after leaving the hospital due to bronchitis, and in his homily he defended the “abandoned” of the world: “No one can be marginalized,” he said before thousands of faithful and with the voice still weak during this Eucharist that opens Holy Week.

Francis was taken seated in a convertible vehicle, the “popemobile”, to the center of the square, at the foot of the obelisk, to bless the bouquets of the faithful and members of the Roman Curia who had processed through the place a few moments before.

He got out of the car on his own foot and then walked a few meters to the place arranged for the blessing aided by the cane that he frequently uses due to his knee problems.
He got out of the car on his own foot and then walked a few meters to the place arranged for the blessing helped by the cane that he uses frequently due to his knee problems (REMO CASILLI /)

Before mass, he was taken seated in an open-top car to the center of the square, at the foot of the obelisk, to bless the olive and palm branches that the faithful, nuns, and members of the Curia had carried in procession, recalling the Triumphal entry of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem.

Francisco, 86, has wanted at all times to preside over the rites of Holy Week, which officially open today with Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
Francis, 86, has wanted at all times to preside over the rites of Holy Week, which officially open today with Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE /)

In his first public appearance, after three days hospitalized for bronchitis at the age of 86, Francisco, covered in a long white coat, meditated on the words of Jesus of Nazareth on the Cross, “My God, my God, why did you have you given up?”

In this sense, he explained that “the verb ‘abandon’ in the Bible is strong” and “appears in moments of extreme pain”, and for this reason the memory of Christ should move his followers to “seek and love him in the abandoned” of our time.

The celebration started as always with the procession through the Plaza de San Pedro and around the central obelisk of hundreds of people, faithful, men and women religious and members of the Roman Curia, carrying the branches
The celebration started as always with the procession through San Pedro Square and around the central obelisk of hundreds of people, faithful, men and women religious and members of the Roman Curia, carrying the branches (POOL/)
The Argentine pope then went to the front of the basilica, always by car and with his own palm, to preside over the mass from there, which was officiated by a cardinal, today the Argentine Leonardo Sandri, a formula that will be repeated throughout the week. holy
The Argentine pope then went to the front of the basilica, always by car and with his own palm, to preside over the mass from there, which was officiated by a cardinal, today the Argentine Leonardo Sandri, a formula that will be repeated throughout the week. Santa (POOL/)
Francis is assisted to take a seat
Francisco is assisted to take a seat (POOL/)
Francis blesses the olive branches
Francis blesses the olive branches (POOL/)
The person in charge of celebrating the Eucharist this Palm Sunday together with the Bishop of Rome has been Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Argentine like Bergoglio
The person in charge of celebrating the Eucharist this Palm Sunday together with the Bishop of Rome has been Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Argentine as Bergoglio (REMO CASILLI /)
This is intended to prevent him from becoming fatigued after his hospitalization, repeating a formula that was already experienced during Holy Week last year due to the mobility problems of the Pontiff.  The same thing happened at the funeral of Benedict XVI last January.
This is intended to prevent him from becoming fatigued after his hospitalization, repeating a formula that was already experienced during Holy Week last year due to the mobility problems of the Pontiff. The same thing happened at the funeral of Benedict XVI last January (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE/)

“There are so many invisible, hidden, abandoned Christians who are discarded with a white glove: unborn children, the elderly who have been left alone, the sick not visited, the disabled ignored, young people who feel a great emptiness inside without anyone really hearing their cry of pain. ”, exclaimed the Pope during the homily on the first day of Holy Week that commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

Thus, he stressed that there are entire towns exploited and abandoned to their fate. “There are poor people who live at the crossroads of our streets, with whom we do not dare to meet eyes; immigrants who are no longer faces but numbers; rejected prisoners, people classified as problems ”, he added.

The Palm Sunday mass opens a busy week on the pontiff's schedule, which includes the 'In Coena Domini' mass on Holy Thursday at the Casal del Marmo juvenile prison in Rome
The Palm Sunday mass opens a busy week on the pontiff’s agenda, which includes the ‘In Coena Domini’ mass on Holy Thursday in the Casal del Marmo juvenile prison in Rome (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE /)
If the favorable evolution of the Pope's state of health is confirmed, it is very likely that on Easter Sunday, on the occasion of the 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing of the city and the world, the Pope will appear on the balcony of the Central Lodge of the St. Peter's Basilica to read the traditional message on the problems of the world
If the favorable evolution of the Pope’s state of health is confirmed, it is very likely that on Easter Sunday, on the occasion of the ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing of the city and the world, the Pope will appear on the balcony of the Central Lodge of the St. Peter’s Basilica to read the traditional message on the problems of the world (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE /)
With a serious countenance, he followed the procession through Saint Peter's Square of religious figures, among them cardinals dressed in red, carrying large palms and olive branches.
With a serious countenance, he followed the procession through Saint Peter’s Square of religious figures, among them cardinals dressed in red, carrying large palms and olive branches (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE /)
Pope Francis leaves after celebrating the Palm Sunday's mass in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican Sunday, April 2, 2023 a day after being discharged from the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, where he has been treated for bronchitis, The Vatican said.  The Roman Catholic Church enters Holy Week, retracing the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Later, he was seen smiling more while touring the surroundings (Andrew Medichini /)

Francis, who looked pale at times, stood up to say the Angelus at noon, and the crowd applauded as he thanked them for their prayers.

“I thank you for your participation and also for your prayers, which have intensified in recent days. Thank you,” the Pope told the faithful.

Pope Francis is greeted by cardinals as he leaves after celebrating the Palm Sunday's mass in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican Sunday, April 2, 2023, a day after being discharged from the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, where he has been treated for bronchitis, The Vatican said.  The Roman Catholic Church enters Holy Week, retracing the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Francis briefly greeted some 30,000 people as he toured the square in his popemobile, adorned with more than 35,000 plants and flowers (Gregorio Borgia /)
Pope Francis gives thumbs up as he leaves after celebrating the Palm Sunday's mass in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican Sunday, April 2, 2023 a day after being discharged from the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, where he has been treated for bronchitis, The Vatican said.  The Roman Catholic Church enters Holy Week, retracing the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Francis greets the public in the Vatican (Andrew Medichini /)

Francis celebrated 10 years at the helm of the global Catholic Church in early March. He has pushed through major government reforms and tried to forge a more open and compassionate Church, though he has faced internal opposition, especially from conservatives.

He has repeatedly said that he would consider resigning if his health failed him, but said last month that he has no plans to step down for now.

The crowd takes photos of the Catholic leader
The crowd takes photos of the Catholic leader (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE /)
(photos: AP, Reuters)
(photos: AP, Reuters) (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE /)

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