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Pope Francis back at work

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 01:12

Pope Francis is back in the public eye after an abruptly canceled visit just days before set off a flurry of health concerns. Gavino Garay reports.

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Pope Francis is back at work. This comes days after he abruptly canceled a scheduled appearance, setting off a flurry of health concerns. He presided over a two hour Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, where the Church is celebrating the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Appearing to be in good spirits -- he presented 24 new archbishops with a band worn around the neck known as a pallium -- a symbol of their unity with he pope. Following the mass, the pontiff made a noon appearance to scores gathered outside St. Peter's Square. He called for an end to the conflict in Iraq. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "The news arriving from Iraq is, unfortunately, very painful. I join the bishops of the country in appealing to government leaders so that, through dialogue, the unity of the country can be preserved and war avoided." It was his first public appearance since Friday when he canceled a visit to Rome's Gemelli hospital just minutes before he was due to leave. The Vatican had said his absence was due to a "sudden indisposition."

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Pope Francis back at work

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 01:12