Pope Francis absent from scheduled meeting due to fever, Vatican announced


Vatican City – Pope Francis missed a meeting on Friday because of a fever. Cardinal Pietro Parolin of the Second Vatican said Francis was tired and said the fever was caused by him greeting a particularly large crowd of school corporations one by one on Thursday afternoon.

“He wanted to say hello to everyone, but maybe at some point he lost his resistance,” Parolin said, according to the Lapress news agency.

Francis last had a severe fever in March, and the 86-year-old pope was rushed to hospital, where he remained. Diagnosed with acute bronchitis. He received intravenous antibiotics and was discharged after three days.

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A Vatican official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the pope’s health, said Francis did not meet anyone on Friday “because of a fever.”

Although no formal audience was scheduled for Friday, Francisco has another private and informal agenda for a meeting with the people he will receive at the official residence.

Francis presided over a meeting of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, attended a meeting with his school foundation Scolas Occrentes on Thursday afternoon, and met with several other prelates and visiting dignitaries. had a busy week.

He is scheduled to preside over the Pentecostal Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, signaling a speedy recovery is hoped for, the Vatican said on Friday after a new meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella scheduled for Monday. An official audience was announced.

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The March hospitalization was Francis’ first since hospitalization. spent 10 days In July 2021, a 13-inch colon was to be removed at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

Francis, who had part of one lung removed when he was young due to a respiratory infection, often speaks in a low voice.but he got through his worst COVID-19 Pandemic There was no official word that the test result was positive.

The Pope also wheelchair He suffered frequent injuries last year due to a ligament tear in his right knee and a small knee fracture. Recently, he said his injuries were healing and he was walking more. with a cane.

Francis said he was reluctant to undergo surgery for his knee problems because he did not respond well to general anesthesia during bowel surgery in 2021.


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