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Pope Francis has disclosed that he has lung inflammation.

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Pope Francis ‘still not well’ after cancelling Dubai trip for COP28

Pope Francis has said he is “still not well” following recent “flu-like condition” that pushed the Vatican to cancel his scheduled trip to Dubai for COP28.

On Wednesday (November 29), the pope skipped his weekly appearance at the Vatican, with an aide reading his speech instead: “I’m still not well with this gripe [flu].. I have a bad voice.”

The 86-year-old had looked forward to participating in the climate talks in Dubai from December 1 to 3, and was due to deliver a speech on Saturday (December 2). On Sunday (November 26), he disclosed in a live televised broadcast that he was suffering from lung inflammation but said he will push ahead with his trip. However, on Tuesday (November 28) the Vatican cancelled his trip on the advice of doctors.

Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni said in a statement: “Although the Holy Father’s general clinical picture has improved with regard to his flu-like condition and inflammation of the respiratory tract, doctors have asked the pope not to make the trip planned for the coming days to Dubai.

“Pope Francis accepted the doctors’ request with great regret and the trip is therefore cancelled,” Bruni added.

Pope Francis had a part of his lung removed in his early 20s and has had a long history of health problems. Last June, he underwent surgery to repair an abdominal hernia. In 2021, he also underwent a colon operation.

In Dubai, Pope Francis’ appearance could have added more power to the global climate change conference where the staunch environmentalist could have pushed world leaders for a “change in direction” in the world’s response to global environmental issues. He was also expected to inaugurate the first faith pavilion.  ICA/Expat Media


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