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The Pope replaces the wheelchair with a cane in his audience with members of the Neocatechumenal Way

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ROME, June 27 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Pope appeared this Monday at the Vatican on foot, using a cane as a support and without the wheelchair he has been using to move around since early May, since his right knee problems forced him to postpone his trip to Africa, scheduled for early July.

Slowly and limping, the Pope entered the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican, where he welcomed the Spanish Catholic movement along the neocatechumenal route and sent 430 families on missions to the poorest and most secularized areas of the world: “Thank you for your generosity. Go together with the bishop he is the head of the local church”.

On this Saturday the Pope could not preside over the closing mass of the 10th family reunion, but he was responsible for reading the sermon. On this occasion he was also seen using the stick for his movements.

The movement’s founder, Kiko Argüello, who, after welcoming Pope Francis, announced that the beatification process for co-founder Carmen Hernández, who died on July 19, 2016, will soon open.


“The Archdiocese of Madrid has informed us,” said Argüello himself, who asked for the applause of the hundreds of those present. After the general applause, the flags of the five continents were waved. Below are some of the families who are sent on missions, beginning with the missio ad gentes from Ukraine.

“Since the beginning of the war they have had to leave the country, but they want to go back… They told us: we left so many people behind, so many brothers who need us,” explained Argüello. He also referred to the families deployed in China who “have suffered from the pandemic” and who “have not been able to return for two years due to controls and are waiting to return”.


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