Pope Francis suspended all his activities for health reasons

He Pope Francisco this Saturday suffered a new pain in the sciatica and had to suspend his participation in celebrations planned for tomorrow and monday, something that had already happened in December when he had to cancel the last Mass in 2020 and the first in 2021, the Vatican reported.

“Due to the recurrence of sciatica, tomorrow morning’s celebration at the Altar of the Cathedral of the Vatican Basilica will not be presided over by the Holy Father, but by His Excellency Monsignor Rino Fisichella ”, announced today the papal spokesman Matteo Bruni in a statement.

In the text, Bruni added that “the meeting with the Diplomatic Corps of Monday January 25 ”, in addition to the celebration in which the Pope was also supposed to participate the day after tomorrow, on the occasion of the conclusion of the week of prayer for Christian unity in the Basilica of San Paolo.

He December 31st past, because of a “Painful sciatica”, the Supreme Pontiff should also have suspended his presence in the celebrations with which he planned to end that Thursday in 2020 and start the new year the next day, his spokesperson reported.

The Holy Father, of 84 years old, affected by the aforementioned health problem that affects the displacement capacity, He canceled his presence on First Vespers and Tedeum in thanksgiving of the year that was ending, and with which that Thursday he had planned to say goodbye to the year in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin (center), arrives in procession to officiate the New Year’s mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, replacing Pope Francis. (AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino)

Francis revealed his problems with sciatica during the press conference on his return from his first trip outside Italy as Pope, to Brazil in July of 2013.

“The worst what happened to me, excuse me, it was an attack of sciatica, seriously! I had the first month, because it was sitting in an armchair to do interviews and it hurt me, “said Pope Francis to less than four months to be enthroned on the health problem that has dragged on since his time of Archbishop of Buenos Aires. “Sciatica is very painful, Very painful! I do not wish it to anyone! ”, He added then.

Then, in August 2017, the Vatican reported that the Pope underwent treatment, which included massages and injections twice a week to relieve pain in the legs caused by sciatica.

Other cancellations

In 2020, the Supreme Pontiff had already been forced to suspend his presence in the traditional regular exercises of early march in the town of Ariccia because of a cold that kept it inside of the Vatican.

A end of february last year, should have canceled private hearings three days in a row also because of a cold. However, in more than seven years as Pope they are counted the occasions in which Francisco had to suspend events for health reasons. In June 2014, for example, canceled for a “indisposition” his participation in a visit to the sick at the Gemelli Polyclinic hospital in Rome.

In more than seven years as Pope, there are few occasions on which Francis had to suspend events for health reasons.By: AFP

That same year, he suspended a hike through Rome on the occasion of the Corpus Christi and preferred to mobilize in a vehicle, to avoid the leg pain.

On February 28, 2014, he had suspended his visit to the Major Seminary in Rome due to a slight “indisposition” that caused him “a few tenths of a fever”, the Vatican had then indicated.

In recent weeks, after three cardinals and a nearby monsignor tested positive, Francisco had undergone at least one coronavirus swab, with a negative result. And after this got vaccinated against the disease with the first dose of Pfizer.


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