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Pope Francis coming out onto balcony of hospital, faithful waving below

Pope makes first public appearance since surgery

Pope Francis on Sunday made his first public appearance since surgery last week, greeting well-wishers as he stood on a hospital balcony.

Francis, 84, has been steadily on the mend, according to the Vatican, following his July 4 scheduled surgery to remove a portion of his large intestine.

On Sunday, his voice sounded a bit weak as he greeted a small crowd outside Gemelli Polyclinic at noon.

That is the hour when traditionally he would have appeared from a window at the Vatican overlooking St. Peter’s Square.