Pope recovering from wrist fracture, urges hope amid economic crisis
20 Jul 2009
Vatican City: July 20, 2009. Recovering well from his wrist fracture, Pope Benedict devoted the first part of his Sunday Angelus address to thanking the doctors who treated him “with such diligence,
with such competence and friendship,” as well as the faithful who “reinforced the network of prayer that unites us in every part of the world.”
Pope Benedict’s address took place in Romano Canavese, the northwestern Italian town of 3,000 where Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was born. The address followed a Mass concelebrated by Cardinal Bertone and Bishop Arrigo Miglio of Ivrea.
Paying tribute to the town’s history, the Pontiff urged the faithful not to cave in to discouragement in the face of economic difficulties. “The fundamental values of the family and respect for human life, sensibility for social justice, the capacity to endure toil and sacrifice, the strong link to Christian faith through parish life and especially through participation at Holy Mass, have been your strength over the centuries,” he said. “These same values will permit today’s generations to build their future with hope, giving life to a true solidarity and a fraternal society, in which all the various spheres, institutions and economy are permeated by an evangelical