Davao archbishop and Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Romulo Valles has encouraged the people to pray for the speedy recovery of Pope Francis, who recently underwent surgery.
"In this particular time, let us show our love and affection for him. Let us pray together – clergy, religious and consecrated persons, our covenanted communities, our lay faithful, – for the complete recovery of Pope Francis," Valles said in a statement posted in the CBCP website.
The Pope was admitted at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome and underwent a scheduled surgery for colon diverticulitis on Sunday, the 4th of July 2021.
Valles said they received report from the Vatican that Pope Francis has “responded well” to the surgery.
"On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, I enjoin everyone to pray to the Lord and beg for our Blessed Mother’s intercession for the speedy recovery of Pope Francis," said Valles.
"We remember his beautiful and very inspiring Apostolic Visit to our country in 2015. We continue to feel his love for the Filipino people," he added. -- BAP, GMA News