In a recent update, the Vatican spokesperson, Matteo Bruni, confirmed that Pope Francis was unable to receive visitors during Friday audiences as he was suffering from a fever.
No further details regarding the 86-year-old Pope’s health were provided.
The absence of audiences was initially noticed when the pope’s daily schedule did not include any appointments. When questioned by a reporter, Bruni addressed the matter by stating, “Because of a fever, Pope Francis did not receive anyone in audiences this morning.”
Earlier this year, Pope Francis underwent treatment for bronchitis, which required him to spend five days in a Rome hospital. However, he recovered swiftly after receiving antibiotic therapy and resumed his duties, including a three-day trip to Hungary at the end of April.
During a meeting with students near the Vatican on Thursday afternoon, Pope Francis appeared fatigued, raising concerns about his well-being. It is worth noting that the pope had one lung partially removed during his youth in Argentina.
Despite missing Friday audiences, none of the pope’s scheduled events have been canceled thus far. He is expected to preside over a Mass commemorating Pentecost on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. However, it remains unclear whether private audiences will be held on Saturday.