Pope Benedict XVI paid a call Saturday on 87-year-old French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, hospitalized with a broken hip from the Christmas Eve Mass papal knock-down. The Associated Press reports:
Benedict embraced 87-year-old French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who wore a gray dressing gown during the early evening visit by the pontiff at Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic.(HT: The Benedict Forum).
The Vatican said the pope and Etchegaray chatted cordially in French during the 30-minute visit, which hadn't been announced in advance.
"The pope expressed his interest and spiritual closeness" to Etchegaray, whose recovery was going well following surgery shortly after the injury, the Vatican said.
01-15-10: Update! - Zenit reports that Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has been discharged from Rome's Gemelli hospital.