Fears regarding Pope Francis' health resurface after he says he is 'a bit old and sick'
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5/6/2015 (4 years ago)
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Telling parishioners he is "a bit old and a bit sick," new fears for the health of Pope Francis have resurfaced. The pope asked a group of elderly and disabled people to pray for him, warning that he was also suffering from heath problems.
"I ask you to pray for me - I am a bit old and a bit sick . But it's not too bad," the Pope said during his visit to the seaside town of Ostia.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - During his visit to the seaside town of Ostia, the Pope said "I thank God that in this community the old and the ill are cared for. When the old and ill are not looked after, there something wrong with the community.
"I ask you to pray for me - I am a bit old and a bit sick . But it's not too bad."
Previously, the Pope has insisted that he expects to only live two or three more years. He told journalists on the papal plane last year he would only be in power "a short time.
"Two or three years and then I'll be off to the Father's house," he said.
The Pope cancelled a series of engagements last summer. Francis, who rises at 4:30 a.m. daily, has kept up a whirlwind of activity since his election more than a year ago.
Advisers have been reportedly nagging him to rest more. Pope Francis has some underlying health problems, including sciatica and had part of one of his lungs removed in his youth.
Some observers claim that he has gained weight since his election and is having difficulty breathing, which they say could be a sign of a heart condition.
Doctors reportedly advised him earlier this year to cut back on his daily meal of pasta.
There is always intense attention paid to a pontiff's condition, especially since Francis's predecessor stepped down in 2013 citing his advanced age and frailty.
Benedict, now known as Pope Emeritus, became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in 600 years to resign instead of ruling until he died.
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