VATICAN CITY, 24 JUL 2009 (VIS) - At around 6.30 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday 22 July, following a day spent working with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., the Pope took his habitual evening stroll in the Italian alpine resort of Les Combes where he is spending a holiday.
During his walk the Holy Father, at his own request, was able to spend a few minutes with the children of Les Combes. He also conversed with a sick woman to whom he expressed the hope of a prompt recovery. At the end of the meeting Benedict XVI blessed those present.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the Holy Father will undergo a radiological check-up in his own residence. The hospital of Aosta has sent portable radiology equipment used to carry out routine checks on fractures such as the one Benedict XVI has to his right wrist. Apart from the Pope's personal physician Dr. Patrizio Polisca, also present at the examination will be Dr. Manuel Mancini, the surgeon who operated on the Holy Father last Friday, and Dr. Vincenzo Sessa, director of orthopaedics at Rome's Fatebenefratelli hospital who will follow the healing of the Pope's fracture on his return to Castelgandolfo.
On a different front, Benedict XVI has expressed, through the apostolic nunciature to the Philippines, his "spiritual closeness" to Corazon Aquino, former president of that country, who has been hospitalised in Manila with colon cancer. The Pope sends the former head of State assurances of recollection in his prayers.
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