ROME — The Vatican introduced Friday that Pope Francis would put off a go back and forth to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, scheduled for subsequent month, as a result of proceeding issues along with his knee.
The postponement got here “on the request of his docs, and so as to not jeopardize the result of the treatment that he’s present process for his knee,” a Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, mentioned in a commentary.
He mentioned the pope expressed “feel sorry about” that the go back and forth needed to be deferred and that it could be rescheduled “to a later date to be made up our minds.”
Francis, 85, started the use of a wheelchair a few month in the past as a result of issues along with his proper knee, which has made it painful for him to stroll or stand for lengthy sessions of time. Closing month, he postponed a go back and forth to Lebanon, initially scheduled for mid-June.
The Vatican hasn’t ever specified what’s mistaken with the pope’s knee. In an interview revealed within the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera in early Would possibly, Francis mentioned he had a torn ligament and were prescribed “a sequence of knee injections.”
Francis were scheduled to go back and forth to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan from July 2 to 7, with a time table that integrated Plenty and prayer conferences, in addition to conferences with officers, clergymen and seminarians and visits to displaced other people in camps.