Ill pope calls off of­fi­cial au­di­ences for a 3rd day

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Pope Fran­cis, 83, can­celed of­fi­cial en­gage­ments for the third day in a row Satur­day as he bat­tled an ap­par­ent cold.

The pope, who lost part of a lung to a re­s­pi­ra­tory ill­ness as a young man, has never can­celed so many of­fi­cial au­di­ences or events in his seven-year pa­pacy.

Fran­cis is, how­ever, con­tin­u­ing to work from his res­i­dence at the Vat­i­can’s Santa Marta ho­tel and is re­ceiv­ing peo­ple in pri­vate, the Vat­i­can press of­fice said.

On Sunday, Fran­cis is ex­pected to leave the Vat­i­can with top Holy See bu­reau­crats for a week of spir­i­tual ex­er­cises in the Ro­man coun­try­side, an an­nual re­treat that the pope at­tends at the start of each Lent.

Fran­cis last ap­peared in public Wed­nes­day, when he was seen cough­ing and blow­ing his nose dur­ing an Ash Wed­nes­day Mass.

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