Pope Francis Has Fever, Vatican Spokesman Confirms
By Hannah Brockhaus
Pope Francis canceled meetings on Friday morning due to a fever, a Vatican spokesman confirmed.
Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office, told CNA that “due to a feverish condition, Pope Francis did not receive [anyone] in audience this morning.”
Later in the day, journalists spoke to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, who spoke briefly about the pope’s condition.
“The pope was tired. He had a very, very busy day yesterday,” Parolin said, according to the French-language media outlet La Presse. “They were telling me last night that he met with a lot of people, and in the context of this meeting with Scholas Occurrentes, he wanted to greet them all, and probably at some point the stamina fails.”
As of Friday afternoon, the pope does not have any public appointments scheduled for May 27, according to the Vatican calendar. He is currently scheduled to say Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the solemnity of Pentecost on May 28, followed by the recitation of the Regina Caeli antiphon.
Pope Francis, 86, was hospitalized for four days at the end of March for a lung infection.
During his return flight from a three-day trip to Budapest, Hungary, a month later the pope said his “body responded well to the treatment. Thank God.”
This week Pope Francis had both public and closed-door meetings with Italian bishops for their 77th general assembly. He also led his weekly Wednesday morning audience with the public.
On Thursday, May 25, Francis met with a group of religious sisters, with bishops and lay delegates of the synodal journey in Italy, and with participants in a congress hosted by Scholas Occurentes.
Also on May 25, Pope Francis gave an exclusive interview in Spanish to Telemundo News.