Pope cancels more events due to illness

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Pope Francis wipes his nose during the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. - Pope Francis postponed his official appointments on February 28 and was working from home, the Vatican said, a day after cancelling a scheduled appearance at mass because of "a mild ailment". Francis, 83, had appeared earlier in the week to be suffering from a cold. He was seen blowing his nose and coughing during the Ash Wednesday service, and his voice sounded hoarse. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Pope Francis said on Sunday that a cold will prevent him from participating in a week-long spiritual retreat outside of Rome, scheduled to begin Sunday afternoon.

The Vatican did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday on whether Francis has been tested for coronavirus.

On Thursday, the Vatican said the Pope was suffering from a “mild ailment” that has caused him to cancel his public events in the last four days, and on Friday, officials said the Pope was continuing to hold private meetings at his residence in the Vatican.

 Sunday was the first time the Pope was seen in public since last Wednesday.

Speaking from his window on St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope’s voice was clearly affected by a cold and he interrupted his talk to cough several times.

“Unfortunately, a cold forces me not to participate this year [in spiritual retreat]”, the Pope said.

“I will follow the meditations from here. I spiritually join the curia and all the people who are doing spiritual exercises at home.”

Source: CNN News

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