Pope Francis Calls for Peace During Healthy Appearance, Shares Story of Unlikely Friendship Amid Conflict

Pope Shows Improvement in Health, Commends Israeli and Arab Fathers Who Lost Daughters in Conflict

Pope Francis appeared in better health during his weekly general audience, using a cane to walk into the Vatican audience hall. Despite recent health challenges, including winter illnesses like the flu, bronchitis or a cold, and his fragile state at 87 years old, the Pontiff was able to deliver his prepared text with a clear voice.

As part of his preparations for Holy Week, Francis renewed his call for peace and urged an immediate end to ongoing conflicts around the world. He emphasized the importance of friendship and forgiveness as key elements in overcoming enmity and working together for peace.

During the audience, Francis shared the story of two men who had formed a friendship despite their grief and loss due to violence in the Middle East conflict. The men – one Palestinian and one Israeli – had bonded over their shared experience of losing their daughters and formed a powerful bond that defied enmity. This story served as an example of how reconciliation can be achieved even in the midst of conflict.

Before the general audience, Francis met with the two men in private to acknowledge their pain and suffering caused by conflict while also highlighting the importance of forgiveness, healing, and unity. The book “Apeirogon” by Colum McCann details their journey and the bond that has formed between them. This meeting was an opportunity for Pope Francis to emphasize that true peace can only be achieved through understanding and empathy towards those affected by conflict.

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