(Rome) Pope Francis is on the mend. After being in a wheelchair for some time, he appeared in public this week with a cane. On Monday he expressed himself categorically.
At the general audience on Wednesday, the head of the Church was seen in public for the first time with a walking stick. The wheelchair that had accompanied him for the past few weeks is no longer needed.
A photo had previously been circulated from a private audience showing Francis with Father Vyacheslav Grynevych, Secretary General of Caritas Ukraine, and Tetiana Stavnych, Chair of Caritas Ukraine. In this photo, he was already seen with a walking stick.
Sandro Magister, on the other hand, reported a special event. On Monday, Pope Francis addressed his knee condition during an audience with the Italian bishops in Aula Paolo VI, which took place behind closed doors and without any media coverage. He said as Magister writes:
"(...) that he has no intention of undergoing any kind of surgery with an anesthetic that is getting him into trouble with his head like after the colon surgery a few months ago, so now he's saying, 'I'd rather resign than have surgery'.”
The anesthetic during the intestinal operation made things difficult for the head of the Church. The matter was only rumored to the public. At the time, a complication related to the operation was suspected.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Image : Vatican.va/Twitter (screenshots)