Pope Francis: I'm a Pharmacist, Prayer Is My Drug
Pontiff gives out rosaries in pill boxes, says 'good for the heart'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Pope Francis shows a rosary in a box designed to resemble a packet of pills, during his Sunday's appearance from his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.   (Gregorio Borgia)
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(Newser) – Joking that he's like a pharmacist, Pope Francis is promoting prayer as medicine for the heart. Appearing today at his studio window, Francis held up a rosary in a box designed to resemble a packets of pills, before volunteers distributed thousands of those boxes, which feature a design of a human heart. Francis said he was recommending reciting the rosary prayer as a "spiritual medicine" that is "good for the heart."

Francis' down-to-earth way of speaking, in a style ordinary people can readily understand, is drawing larger than usual crowds to St. Peter's Square for his traditional weekly appearances. About 80,000 tourists and Romans packed the square today.