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Pope Francis cancels assembly with Rome deacons resulting from delicate flu, Vatican says



VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has canceled an viewers scheduled for Saturday as a precaution after coming down with delicate flu, the Vatican press workplace mentioned in a brief assertion, with out including additional particulars.

Francis was scheduled to fulfill with Rome deacons within the morning.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned later Saturday that the pope’s weekly Sunday Angelus deal with was nonetheless to be confirmed, and that no additional well being updates have been anticipated for the day.

The 87-year-old pontiff has had a number of well being issues lately. In late November, he was pressured to cancel a few of his actions and a global journey due to respiratory issues. A scan on the time dominated out lung issues. Francis had a a part of one lung eliminated when he was younger and nonetheless residing in his native Argentina.

In April, the pope spent three days at Rome’s Gemelli hospital for what the Vatican mentioned was bronchitis. He was discharged after receiving intravenous antibiotics.

Francis additionally spent 10 days on the identical hospital in July 2021 following intestinal surgical procedure for narrowing of the bowel. He was readmitted in June 2023 for an operation to restore an belly hernia and take away scarring from earlier surgical procedures.

When requested about his well being in a current tv interview, Francis quipped what has grow to be his commonplace line: “Nonetheless alive, you realize.”

Over the previous two years, Francis has indicated a number of instances that he can be able to step down, following the instance of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, if his well being deteriorates to the purpose that it turns into an obstacle to him main the Catholic Church. Nonetheless, in a TV interview final month, he mentioned he felt in good well being and denied fast plans to resign.

Hypothesis about Francis’ well being and the way forward for his preach has risen following Benedict’s dying in late 2022. Benedict’s resignation in 2013 marked a turning level for the church, as he grew to become the primary pontiff in six centuries to step down.


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