Meeting with members of the International Union of Superiors General in the Paul VI Hall today, Pope Francis used a wheelchair in public for the first time since his colon surgery in July of 2021.
Earlier this week, the 85-year-old pope said he soon undergo a procedure for a torn ligament in his right knee.
“I have been like this for some time, I cannot walk. … It also brings a little pain, humiliation. I have a torn ligament, I’ll do an intervention with infiltrations and we shall see. [It’s basically an injection.]”
📹 VIDEO | Sound on! Listen to thousands of pilgrims encouraging Pope Francis as he makes a huge effort to stand up and walk at the end of the general audience. He is undergoing treatment for a torn ligament in his knee. Stay strong, dear Holy Father! pic.twitter.com/UAXIQxhb0N
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Pope Francis’ mobility has been limited since February. During recent public appearances, he has taken a smaller role in liturgies and audiences, spending more time seated and not taking any stairs.
“Excuse me if I cannot get up to greet you, the doctors told me that I have to remain seated for the knee.”
Pray for the health of Pope Francis! 🙏