Pope Francis cancels second day of audiences due to 'light flu'

Pope Francis cancels second day of audiences due to ‘light flu’

/ 05:34 PM February 26, 2024

Pope Francis cancels second day of audiences due to 'light flu'

Pope Francis leaves the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter’s square after the Angelus prayer on February 25, 2024 in The Vatican. AFP

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis cancelled his public meetings Monday, as he had on Saturday, due to continued “light flu symptoms”, the Vatican said.

The 87-year-old had however delivered his Angelus prayer as usual on Sunday.


“Light flu symptoms persist, without a fever. However, this morning’s audiences are suspended as a precaution,” the Vatican said in a statement.


READ: Pope cancels Saturday meetings because of mild flu–Vatican

Saturday’s audiences had also been cancelled for the same reason.

Pope Francis, who had part of a lung removed in his youth, was forced to cancel a visit to COP28 UN climate talks in Dubai in December after a bout of flu-like symptoms.

READ:  Pope says ‘still not well’ in first appearance since canceling Dubai trip

The Argentine pontiff, who took over as head of the Catholic Church in 2013, has suffered a number of health issues in recent years, from knee and hip pain to an inflamed colon and hernia surgery last June.

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