The Vatican has confirmed that a fever has forced Pope Francis to clear his schedule. The usual Friday morning announcement of the Pope’s agenda was not made this morning, with Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni saying: “Due to a feverish state, Pope Francis did not receive an audience this morning.”
After spending five days in a Rome hospital with bronchitis at the end of March, the Pope, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, recovered quickly after taking antibiotics, and was even able to partake in a three-day trip in Hungary at the end of April.
However he missed the ‘Way of the Cross’ procession due to cold weather on Good Friday.
The Pope instead went to the Good Friday service in St Peter’s Basilica, which was indoors.
It was the first time since his election in 2013 that the Pope did not lead the ‘Via Crucis’ service.
However he did take on Maundy Thursday duties, when he was joined by dozens of cardinals and bishops, and some 1,880 priests.
The Pope next went to the jail of Casal del Marmo on the city’s outskirts, where he washed and kissed 12 young inmates’ feet in an act reflective of Jesus’ humility towards his disciples on the night prior to his death on Good Friday.
He appeared to have recovered from his bronchitis in the appearance.
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Francis, who this year has been Pope for a decade, is missing part of one lung, which was removed in his native Argentina when he was a young man.
Despite the disruption MailOnline reports that the Pope is still set to preside a Mass to mark Pentecost on Sunday in St Peter’s Square
Also all of the scheduled events he was due to attend will still take place.
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