Pope apologizes for canceling Africa journey

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Pope Francis apologized to the folks of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan Sunday for canceling a go to due to strolling issues and mentioned he was hopeful his situation would enhance.

The Vatican introduced Thursday that the July 2-7 journey had been postponed indefinitely due to the 85-year-old pontiff’s knee ailment, which has pressured him to make use of a wheelchair for greater than a month.

“I feel great regret that I had to postpone this trip, which I am still very keen to make,” he mentioned at his Sunday deal with earlier than 1000’s of individuals in St. Peter’s Sq..

“I ask you to pardon me for this. Let us pray together that, with the help of God and with medical treatment, I can come to you as soon as possible. We are hopeful.”

POPE FRANCIS POSTPONES AFRICA APOSTOLIC VISIT ON ADVICE FROM DOCTOR

Pope Francis arrives in a wheelchair to attend to an audience with nuns and religious superiors in the Paul VI Hall at The Vatican May 5, 2022.

Pope Francis arrives in a wheelchair to take care of an viewers with nuns and non secular superiors within the Paul VI Corridor at The Vatican Could 5, 2022.
(AP Photograph/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

The Vatican mentioned Thursday that the journey was postponed “in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee”.

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On Sunday, the Pope referred to his ailment, which is believed to be a torn ligament, as “problems with my leg.” Francis additionally suffers from sciatica, which triggered him to limp even earlier than the flare-up of the knee downside.

Vatican sources have mentioned the pope has been receiving a number of injections every week for the ailment, in addition to bodily remedy, and that he had hoped to have the ability to regain at the least a partial means to stroll earlier than the journey was resulting from begin.

Pope Francis greets and blesses children assisted by the Vatican's Santa Marta Pediatric Dispensary at the Paul VI Hall Dec. 19, 2021. 

Pope Francis greets and blesses kids assisted by the Vatican’s Santa Marta Pediatric Dispensary on the Paul VI Corridor Dec. 19, 2021. 
(tefano Costantino/SOPA Pictures/LightRocket through Getty Pictures)

They’ve mentioned the pope is in opposition to surgical procedure due to issues with basic anesthesia following an operation to take away a part of his gut a yr in the past.

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The pope continues to be scheduled to go to Canada from July 24-30.

 

He additionally urged his listeners to not turn into accustomed to the warfare in Ukraine. 

“Let us not allow the passing of time to dull our pain and our concern for those martyred people,” he mentioned.

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