Manila archbishop asks prayers for Pope Francis’ safety

Manila archbishop asks prayers for Pope Francis’ safety

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. VATICAN MEDIA

By CBCP News

August 11, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila has asked for prayers for Pope Francis’ safety after Italian authorities intercepted an envelope containing bullets addressed to the pontiff.

“Let us pray that God may touch the hearts of people who sow fear, violence, lies, and violate human rights,” Advincula said over Radio Veritas on Wednesday.

Police in Milan are investigating the threat which reportedly originated from France.

The suspicious envelope containing three pistol bullets was flagged by postal workers at a mail sorting facility near Milan on Aug. 9.

“While investigation is ongoing on the origin and the motive of the envelope with three bullets for Pope Francis, let us continue to pray for his safety,” Advincula said.

In July, the pontiff spent 10 days in hospital for colon surgery.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Hungary and Slovakia in mid-September.

The Vatican also confirmed that the pope will attend the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November.

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