Pope Francis made his first appearance today after being seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass on February 26. According to Vatican News, The Pope has been in a “slight indisposition” that made him cancel some papal activities in the past few days.
However, the Pope did not miss his weekly Sunday noon message and blessing in the Vatican. The 83-year-old Pope greeted the crowd at the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. Thousands were waiting for him in St. Peter’s Square.
The Pope asked the pilgrims to pray for the annual spiritual retreat, which he won’t be able to attend this year. “Unfortunately a cold prevents me from participating this year. I will be following the meditation from here,” a coughing Pope Francis announced.
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A Pope’s Duty
During his appearance, the Pope did not fail to perform his duly appointed task of sharing with his people. He reflected on the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent and shared how Jesus prepared himself for His mission by fasting for forty days. He even reminded everyone to beware of temptation this Lent.
Even with his condition, the Pope continues to work from his residence at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta and is receiving people in private, the Vatican press office said.
The Vatican hasn’t revealed the nature of Francis’ illness, addressing he only has a “slight indisposition,” without giving other details. The Pope’s illness, though, has come amid general alarm in Italy over the coronavirus outbreak. But looking back at the Pope’s medical history, the coughing might only be an effect of his problems with his lungs and other health complications because of old age.
Let’s keep a positive outlook towards the situation and pray for the fast recovery of our dear Lolo Kiko.