PopeWatch: Health

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Speculation as to a pope’s health is a feature of most papacies, and that of Pope Francis is no exception:

Fears for the health of Pope Francis have surfaced, after he cancelled two days of engagements. 

Following an intense working weekend, the 77-year-old decided not to hold Mass in Santa Marta this morning and cancelled his appointments for the rest of the day.

He had already had advisors clear his schedule yesterday to rest, after hosting a diplomatically tricky prayer meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents on Sunday.  

A few weeks ago he called off a visit to a Marian shrine near Rome ‘lighten his schedule’ before his three day trip to the Holy land. 

He has previously cancelled engagements because of a cold, or a light fever.

The Vatican said:’Following a very historic and full weekend, the Holy Father has chosen to rest on Monday afternoon and today Tuesday.’ His condition is ‘not serious’ the Holy See said.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said the two day absence was ‘nothing to worry about.’

Go here to read the rest at the Daily Mail.  Popewatch has always thought that being Pope is a killing type of job, with an endless schedule and endless pressure, and done by men often in the evening of their lives.   Pope Francis apparently has vast reservoirs of energy and enthusiasm, but he should be careful not to force his flesh to always keep up with his spirit.  A bit of rest does us all good, and that includes popes.

 

3 Responses to PopeWatch: Health

  • We often think cancellations indicate a physical health reason, for the pope and for all of us; but spiritual health -time to pray, to meditate, to reflect, to listen for the Lord’s voice- are fundamentally important to each of us.

  • Well said, Anzlyne. I suspect, for example, that Benedict is doing more hard work for the Church now than he’s had the chance to do in years.

  • Pinky:
    “Well said, Anzlyne. I suspect, for example, that Benedict is doing more hard work for the Church now than he’s had the chance to do in years.”
    .
    My thoughts exactly.

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