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Pope Francis cancels 2nd day of audiences for illness

/ 07:44 PM June 10, 2014

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has canceled a second day of private audiences and his morning Mass because of a minor illness.

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the unspecified illness was mild and that Francis would still preside over his general audience Wednesday.

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Francis has had a whirlwind few weeks, travelling to the Mideast and hosting the Israeli and Palestinian presidents for a Vatican prayer summit Sunday. By Monday, he came down with a bug, and took Tuesday off to rest.

Some Vatican officials have privately expressed concern at the frenetic pace of the 77-year-old pope, who only has one full lung.

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While past popes took summers off and escaped Rome’s heat for the cooler climes of Castel Gandolfo, Francis has chosen to stay in Rome and work.

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