Pope leads Angelus, thanks people for prayers

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI recited the Angelus today in the town of Romano Canavese in northern Italy, thanking the doctors who repaired his broken right wrist and thanking the faithful all over the world who offered their prayers for him.

“As you can see, because of an accident, my mobility is a bit limited, but my heart is fully present,” he assured the crowd gathered in front of the parish church in Romano Canavese, about 50 miles away from Les Combes, where he has been vacationing.

“I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone — and there are many of you — who have demonstrated your closeness, your sympathy and your affection for me and who have prayed for me,” he said before reciting the Angelus. “I especially want to thank the doctors and the medical staff who treated me with such diligence, compassion and friendship. As you can see, they were successful … we hope they were successful.”

The pope used his casted right hand to wave and even wiggled his still slightly swollen fingers. The swelling has gone down enough to allow him to put the papal Fisherman’s ring back on his right hand.

The right-handed, 82-year-old Pope Benedict looked especially pleased with the notebook-sized portable computer he received as a gift from the mayor of Romano Canavese. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state who was born in Romano Canavese, told the Italian news agency ANSA that the broken wrist would make it difficult for the pope to use his Alpine vacation to continue work on the second volume of his book about Jesus.

Here’s a video news report of the pope’s Angelus that you can find on the Vatican’s YouTube channel:

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