Monsignor Paolo Braida reads alongside Pope Francis as the Pope leads the Angelus prayer from the Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican. – Reuters
Pope Francis, who is suffering from “lung inflammation,” appeared sitting in the chapel of his residence instead of in St. Peter’s Square while an attendee read the pontiff’s Sunday message.
The 86-year-old Pope, dressed in his traditional white robe and with a bandage on his right hand, remained seated next to the assistant during the reading.
“Dear brothers and sisters. Happy Sunday. Today I cannot look out the window because I have this problem of inflammation in the lungs,” said Francisco.
Francis went to a Rome hospital on Saturday for a scan that the Vatican said had ruled out lung complications after a flu attack forced him to cancel activities.
The Vatican did not provide any explanation for the apparent difference between its statement on Saturday and what the pope said on Sunday.
A portion of one of the pope’s lungs was removed when Francis was young in his native Argentina.
Francis then introduced the priest, Father Paolo Braida, who read the Pope’s Sunday message based on the Gospel. Francisco coughed several times during the reading.
The Pope gave a blessing and Braida read the rest of the message, including calls for peace in Ukraine, gratitude for the release of some hostages in Gaza, and confirmation of the Pope’s intention to travel to Dubai on Friday to attend the UN conference on climate change.
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