They say the pope of Rome is “slightly” ill

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Slightly ill pope cancels engagements for second day in a row

Written by dpa/NAN

POPE Francis, on Tuesday, cancelled some of the engagements on his agenda for the second day in a row because of slight illness, the Vatican said.

The Deputy Spokesman of the Vatican, Father Ciro Benedettini, however, told reporters “it is nothing to worry about.”

Benedettini spoke after the pope called off his usual early morning mass in the chapel of Santa Marta, the guest house where he resides, to have some rest.

The spokesman said Pope Francis would work normally for the rest of the day, but would hold no audiences with visitors.

On Monday, the 77-year-old pontiff cancelled planned meetings with a delegation of Italian judges and with the leader of an Italian monastic community, Brother Enzo Bianchi.

The next public engagement for Francis is his weekly audience with the faithful in Saint Peter’s Square, scheduled for 10.30 CET (0830 GMT) on Wednesday. (dpa/NAN)

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