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Pope says he has lung inflammation, aide reads Sunday message for him

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, suffering from a “lung inflammation”, appeared seated in the chapel of his residence instead of in St. Peter’s Square while an aide read the pontiff’s Sunday (Nov 26) message.

The 86 year old pope, wearing his traditional white robes and with a bandage on his right hand, remained seated next to the aide during the reading.

“Dear brothers and sisters. Happy Sunday. Today, I cannot appear at the window because I have this problem of an inflammation in the lungs,” Francis said.

Francis went to a Rome hospital on Saturday for a scan that the Vatican said had ruled out lung complications after a bout of flu forced him to cancel activities.

The Vatican provided no explanation for the apparent difference between its statement on Saturday and what the pope said on Sunday.

One part of one of the pope’s lungs was removed when Francis was a young man in his native Argentina.

Francis introduced the priest, Father Paolo Braida, who went on to read the pope’s Sunday message based on the Gospel. Francis coughed several times during the reading.



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