It is a sight that Catholics across the world were hoping to see this Sunday. The Pope has greeted the faithful from his hospital window in Rome. His silent blessing came on the second week running that he has been unable to lead the weekly Angelus prayers. The 84-year-old has undergone throat surgery after suffering serious breathing difficulties. Last week he also made a surprise appearance at the window of the Gemelli hospital.
But then, as today, proceedings at the Vatican were led by one of his aides. In a message read in his name, the pontiff thanked Jews and Muslims in particular for their prayers for his recovery. He himself was able to follow events in St Peter’s Square on television.
With no date given for his release for hospital, speculation is now growing over whether the head of the Roman Catholic Church will be well enough to lead celebrations at Easter.