ROME — Pope Francis made an appeal for free universal health care Sunday, urging nations to follow the example of those that provide it.
“In these days of being hospitalized, I have experienced once again how important good health care is, accessible to all, as it is in Italy and in other countries,” the pope said during his Angelus address, delivered from the Gemelli Hospital where he is currently recovering from colon surgery.
“Free health care, that assures good service, accessible to everyone,” the pontiff continued. “This precious benefit must not be lost. It needs to be kept!”
In his address, the pope went on to assert that such health care requires the commitment of all, just as all are beneficiaries of it.
“I would like to express my appreciation and my encouragement to the doctors and all the healthcare workers and staff of this and of other