By Sarah Mac Donald - 28 June, 2014
The Vatican on Friday said there were no worries about Pope Francis’s health after he postponed a scheduled visit to Rome’s Gemelli hospital at the last minute due to an “unexpected indispostion”.
“There are no reasons to be concerned about the Pope’s health,” Fr Federico Lombardi, the head of the Vatican press office, said.
Fr Lombardi added that the 77-year-old Pontiff’s planned engagements for Saturday and Sunday were confirmed.
Friday’s visit had been expected to last about three hours, and the papal staff and ‘popemobile’ were already in place for his arrival.
Pope Francis as a young man had part of a lung removed after an infection.
He has recently shown signs of fatigue after his packed schedule of public engagements.
The postponed visit is the third time this month the Pope has cancelled or scaled back an event due to illness or fatigue.
In his absence, the Pope’s homily was pronounced by Milan Archbishop Cardinal Angelo Scola.