Pope Francis cancels Monday morning audiences as mild flu persists

By Thomson Reuters Feb 26, 2024 | 2:54 AM

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has cancelled his audiences on Monday morning because he is still suffering from mild flu, the Vatican said in a statement.

“Mild flu-like symptoms persist, with no fever,” the statement said, adding the morning audiences were suspended as a precaution.

The 87-year-old pontiff, who cancelled his meetings on Saturday because of the flu, has suffered repeated health problems in recent months. He was forced to cancel a planned trip to a COP28 climate meeting in Dubai in December because of the effects of influenza and lung inflammation.

He delivered his regular Angelus message on Sunday when he called for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine that would lead to a just and lasting peace.

(Reporting by Alessandro Parodi, editing by Keith Weir)