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Pope visits cardinal in hospital, blesses patients

'Francis greeted the lobby with much compassion'

Pope visits cardinal in hospital, blesses patients

Rome, March 15 - Pope Francis surprised patients and staff at a Rome hospital Friday when he came to visit a cardinal there. Francis, who on Wednesday was elevated to the throne of St Peter, arrived with a small security entourage at the Paul XI clinic to see Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, who was recovering from a fainting spell. "He entered to a round of applause from the patients and the staff," said Sister Marina, director of the clinic. "He went up to intensive care and had a private visit with the cardinal. There were three other patients there, and (the pope) blessed each of them. He then greeted a crowd of people in the lobby with a lot of compassion".

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