Pope Francis forced to cancel schedule over fever

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Pope Francis gestures on a wheelchair as he gives his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican on January 11, 2023. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope Francis forced to cancel schedule over fever

The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis was reportedly suffering from fever which has resulted in cancelling his schedule on Friday morning, barely two months after the 86-year-old pontiff was hospitalised with bronchitis.

The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni said without giving details that, *Due to a feverish state, Pope Francis did not receive an audience this morning.”

Reports did not revealed who the pope had been expecting to meet with, as his agenda was not made public, as is customary, on Friday.

In late March, Francis was admitted to hospital in Rome, where he remained for three nights, after having difficulties breathing.

Doctors determined the respiratory infection was bronchitis, and treated him with antibiotics to which he responded quickly.

Francis increasing health issues over the past year have sparked widespread concern, including speculation that he might choose to retire rather than stay in the job for life, a choice made by his predecessor Benedict XVI.

The German theologian died on December 31 aged 95, almost a decade after stepping down.

In an interview with US Spanish-language network Telemundo broadcast on Thursday, Francis said his health was “much better”.

“I can walk now. My knee has been mending. I could hardly walk beforehand, now I can. Some days are more painful than others, like today,” the pope said, according to a transcript of the interview.

Asked about his bronchitis, he said doctors caught it just in time.

“If we’d waited a few more hours, it would’ve been much more serious. But I was out (of the hospital) in four days,” he said.