Pope dishes out 'medicine' in form of prayer
THE Pope joked that he was a pharmacist yesterday as he promoted prayer as medicine for the heart, offering 20,000 boxes of "mercy" – containing rosaries – to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, writes Chris Irvine.
Appearing at his studio window, above, the Pontiff held up the box designed to resemble a packet of pills, before volunteers distributed them. "I now want to suggest a medicine. 'What?' you ask, 'the Pope is now a pharmacist?'" he said, after reciting the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer.
Labelled "Misericordina, 59 Beads for the Heart", the box also contained instructions in several languages.
"Can be used once a day, but in case of emergency can be taken as much as the soul needs," the leaflet said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)