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Papal nuncio asks Filipinos to pray for Pope Francis’ health

Papal nuncio asks Filipinos to pray for Pope Francis’ health

Pope Francis arrives in a wheelchair in St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost on June 5, 2022. VATICAN MEDIA

By CBCP News

June 15, 2022

Manila, Philippines

The Vatican’s ambassador to the Philippines exhorted Filipinos to join in praying for the health of Pope Francis.

“Let us pray for Pope Francis, especially during this time,” Archbishop Charles Brown said over Catholic-run Radio Veritas on Wednesday.

“Because of his knee causing a lot of pain and difficulty, he postponed his activities,” he said.

The pope, who had been using a wheelchair since early May, cancelled several engagements since having a minor operation to treat knee pain.

He was planning to visit the Congolese cities of Kinshasa and Gome on July 2-5, and the South Sudanese capital of Juba on July 5-7.

The Vatican, however, announced June 10 that the trip had to be put off due to treatment for his knee pain.

Pope Francis also has a six-day trip to Canada from July 24, and another to Kazakhstan in September.

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