ROME — The Vatican introduced Friday that Pope Francis would postpone a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, scheduled for subsequent month, due to persevering with issues together with his knee.
The postponement got here “at the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee,” a Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, mentioned in an announcement.
He mentioned the pope expressed “regret” that the journey had to be deferred and that it will be rescheduled “to a later date to be determined.”
Francis, 85, started utilizing a wheelchair a couple of month in the past due to issues together with his proper knee, which has made it painful for him to stroll or stand for lengthy intervals of time. Last month, he postponed a visit to Lebanon, initially scheduled for mid-June.
The Vatican has by no means specified what’s fallacious with the pope’s knee. In an interview revealed within the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera in early May, Francis mentioned he had a torn ligament and had been prescribed “a series of knee injections.”
Francis had been scheduled to journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan from July 2 to 7, with a schedule that included Masses and prayer conferences, in addition to conferences with officers, monks and seminarians and visits to displaced folks in camps.