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6/10/2014 (2 years ago)

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Recent two-day absence 'nothing to worry about,' according to Vatican spokesman

There are new fears regarding Pope Francis' health. After a busy weekend where he met with Israeli and Palestinian heads of state, he took ill and cancelled two days of appointment. The 77-year-old pontiff decided not to hold Mass in Santa Marta this and has also cancelled his appointments for the rest of the day.

Some observers have claimed the pontiff has gained weight since his election and is having difficulty breathing, which could be a sign of a heart condition.

Some observers have claimed the pontiff has gained weight since his election and is having difficulty breathing, which could be a sign of a heart condition.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/10/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Pope Francis, health, cancellations, sciatica


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis already had advisors clear his schedule in order to rest.

These cancellations follow a pattern that began a few weeks ago when he called off a visit to a Marian shrine near Rome "lighten his schedule" before his three day trip to the Holy land.

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He Pope has been known to cancel engagements because of a cold, or a light fever.

"Following a very historic and full weekend, the Holy Father has chosen to rest on Monday afternoon and today Tuesday," the Vatican said, adding that his condition is "not serious."

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the two day absence was "nothing to worry about."

Pope Francis rises each day at 4:30 a.m. The pontiff has kept a hectic roster of activity since his election more than a year ago. His advisers are hoping that he will take some time off this summer.

"We have been asking him to have holidays this year," close collaborator Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras said. "Because last year he didn't and sometimes he's very tired.

"So I think that during August he's going to retire to rest."

Traditionally, popes moved to the papal summer palace at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome during the summer months.

Francis worked straight through last year's summer. Papal aides reportedly say that Francis thrives off a fast pace and "eats work," and finds it hard to relinquish control to others.

The pope does have some underlying health problems, such as sciatica, a back problem and is missing most of one lung due to an infection in his youth.

Some observers have claimed the pontiff has gained weight since his election and is having difficulty breathing, which could be a sign of a heart condition.

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