By Deborah Castellano Lubov

We cannot forget all those who still are suffering with and from COVID and its effects….

Pope Francis stressed this following his Sunday Angelus, from his window to socially distant faithful in St. Peter’s Square, after the midday prayer.

“These days,” he acknowledged, “are days of vacation: it can be a time to restore the body, but also the spirit through moments dedicated to prayer, to silence and to relaxing contact with the beauty of nature, God’s gift.”

“This,” he however underscored, “should not allow us to forget the problems there are due to Covid.”

“Many families,” he acknowledged, “do not have work, have lost work, and have nothing to eat.”

During our summer breaks, Francis encouraged, we should actively promote works of charity and draw near these families.

The Pope went on to greet everyone present, including those from Rome and pilgrims from various countries.

Pope Francis greeted the Brazilian men and women religious present here in Rome, noting “these religious are following spiritually the First National Week of Consecrated Life being celebrated in Brazil.”

“Happy week of consecrated life. Ever onward!” he encouraged, also extending his greeting to the “courageous young people of the Immaculata!”

Pope Francis concluded, wishing all those present a happy Sunday, and saying “please do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch!”

Pope Francis concluded, wishing all those present or following the Angelus via streaming, a happy Sunday, and saying: “please do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch!”

Here is an unofficial working Vatican translation of the Pope’s full remarks following his Angelus:

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Dear brothers and sisters,

I continue to pray for Lebanon, and for other dramatic situations in the world that are causing people to suffer. My thought goes also to dear Belarus. I am following attentively the post-electoral situation in that nation and I call for dialogue, the rejection of violence and the respect for justice and the law. I entrust all Belarusians to the protection of the Madonna, Queen of Peace.

I affectionately greet all of you, people from Rome and pilgrims from various countries. In particular, I greet the Brazilian men and women religious present here in Rome – with so many flags – these religious are following spiritually the First National Week of Consecrated Life being celebrated in Brazil. Happy week of consecrated life. Ever onward! I extend my greeting also to the courageous young people of the Immaculata!

These days are days of vacation: it can be a time to restore the body, but also the spirit through moments dedicated to prayer, to silence and to relaxing contact with the beauty of nature, God’s gift. This should not allow us to forget the problems there are due to Covid: many families do not have work, have lost work, and have nothing to eat. Works of charity and drawing near to these families should also accompany our summer break.

I with all of you a blessed Sunday and enjoy your lunch! And please, do not forget to pray for me.

Arrivederci!

[Original text: Italian] [Working Translation by Vatican]

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