Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pope dishes out 'medicine' in form of prayer

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

London Daily Telegraph

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)

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