Pope Francis blesses faithful with olive and palm branches before celebrating the Palm Sunday's mass in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican Sunday, April 2, 2023 a day after being discharged from the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, where he has been treated for bronchitis, The Vatican said. The Roman Catholic Church enters Holy Week, retracing the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Filippo Monteforte, pool)

Pope Francis presided over the Palm Sunday ceremony and gave the homily the day after he was released from the hospital, kicking off Holy Week in the Vatican in unexpectedly good spirits.

On Sunday, April 2, at 10 a.m., Francis arrived in a white jeep at the obelisk in the middle of St. Peter’s Square. Francis had been hospitalized for three days with bronchitis. The pope was wearing a white overcoat to stay warm in the chilly weather, which was around 55 degrees under a gloomy sky. Before the pope arrived, there were already 40 cardinals, 30 bishops, and a large group of children with palm branches gathering at the obelisk. They were all dressed in crimson vestments and white miters. “americamagazine.org”

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