December 9, 2022

Pope Francis was compelled to clear his diary for the second time in lower than every week on Tuesday attributable to recurring knee ache, the Vatican stated.

“Because of knee ache, and following medical recommendation, Pope Francis has suspended right now’s actions,” which included his participation in a gathering of his advisory Council of Cardinals, the press workplace stated.

The 85-year-old pontiff, who up to now few days has been seen grimacing from ache on a number of events, had on Friday additionally cleared his schedule to endure medical checks.

Pope Francis attending a funeral mass at St. Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican on Monday Photograph: AFP / Alberto PIZZOLI

Francis, who was elected pope in 2013, cancelled a visit to Florence in February attributable to what the Vatican known as “acute gonalgia”.

The ache in his proper knee has lately prevented him from attending occasions and presiding over spiritual celebrations.

He additionally suffers from hip ache which forces him to limp and final July, spent 10 days in hospital after present process colon surgical procedure.

Nevertheless, the pontiff has a packed schedule together with abroad occasions, visiting Malta earlier this month with additional journeys deliberate to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Canada, Lebanon and Kazakhstan later this yr.

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