Pope prays for Nigerian homeless man found dead near St. Peter's

Pope prays for homeless man who died of cold in St. Peter's Square

Pope again cancels appearances due to nerve pain

But Pope Francis will still lead the Angelus prayer at noon on Sunday in the library of the Apostolic Palace, where the event has taken place since a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.

Pope Francis has suffered a renewed flare-up of a sciatica condition that causes pain in his leg, forcing him to miss three events in the coming 48 hours, the Vatican said on Saturday.

The S. Egidio charity group said that Edwin was at least the 10th homeless person to die of the cold in Rome since November.

"Before receiving the Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick, he said this phrase to me: 'My life has flown by, ' as if to say: I believed that it was eternal, but".

Pope Francis recalled the ending of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and asked the faithful to join in the celebration.

Catholics using the media, professionally or personally, must do so in a way that spreads faith in a loving God and attracts people to Christ, he said, adding that he was convinced St. Paul, "that great communicator", would "certainly have made use of email and social messaging" to share the Gospel.

After Angeles, Pope Francis recalled this Sunday being dedicated to the Word of God.

He had been scheduled to lead vespers on December 31 and offer Mass on January 1 for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, in St. Peter's Basilica. The pope was limited to only lead the Angelus since it requires less movement.

"When you have sciatica, you feel pain, weakness, numbness or tingling. Jesus' attractiveness to those who met him depended on the truth of his preaching; yet the effectiveness of what he said was inseparable from how he looked at others, from how he acted towards them, and even from his silence".

The text was released by the Vatican on the eve of the feast of St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists.

In his World Communications Day message the Pope encourages journalism to recover a sense of enchantment in the immediacy of news reporting, quoting the beatified journalist the Blessed Manuel Lozano Garrido: "Open your eyes with wonder to what you see, let your hands touch the freshness and vitality of things, so that when others read what you write, they too can touch first-hand the vibrant miracle of life".

The pope concluded by greeting families struggling amid the pandemic.

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