On February 23, the Vatican reported that Pope Francis is suffering from a “strong cold.”
Despite this, he continued to carry out his official duties, albeit with some modifications. Rather than read his speeches aloud, he distributed printed copies of them at two morning engagements.
The Pope still met with two groups that day: first, young Orthodox priests and monks, and second, a German NGO delegation from the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.
At noon Rome time, it was announced that Pope Francis’ last meeting of the day with the YMCA Italy had been cancelled due to his condition.
Nevertheless, he went ahead with all other previously scheduled meetings.
These included meeting swith the former president of the Communion and Liberation movement, Father Julián Carrón, the director of the World Food Program, David M. Beasley, and Father Pasquale Spinoso.
Additionally, the Pope had a meeting with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of the Saints, where he approved the advancement of the beatification causes of five servants of God and a miracle attributed to the intercession of one venerable.
The previous day, on February 22, Pope Francis presided over Ash Wednesday Mass.
This was his first return to the Basilica of Santa Sabina since the beginning of Lent in February 2020.
It’s worth noting that the Pope had also contracted a cold in February and March of 2020, which affected his schedule. At that time, he cancelled several engagements and worked from the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta guesthouse, where he resides. However, the Vatican later announced that the Pope had tested negative for COVID-19 and was instead suffering from a “common cold.”
Despite his current condition, Pope Francis continues to work hard and carry out his duties as the leader of the Catholic Church. His commitment and resilience are a testament to his unwavering devotion to the faithful he serves.
Pray for the health of Pope Francis!
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