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Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 06/13/22 - updated on 06/13/22

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Monday 13 June 2022
1. What we know, and what we don’t know, about the Pope’s health
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3. Several dicasteries and many nunciatures await their incumbents
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What we know, and what we don’t know, about the Pope’s health

Pope Francis’ announcement that he is postponing his trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, planned for the beginning of July, due to his osteoarthritis in his right knee, has caused the “ever-active Roman rumor mill” to go “into overdrive,” says Crux journalist John Allen. As a result, the Vatican expert lays out what is known and not about the Pontiff’s health. Firstly he cites the fact that the Pope’s trip to Canada, planned for the end of July, has still not been canceled. If Francis gets surgery on his knee, apparently a relatively simple procedure with a fairly brief recovery time, “he could still make the trip to Canada, and arguably be in better condition to do so,” Allen explains. However the Pope has apparently resisted having an operation. The journalist cites that the next “looming benchmark” comes in late August when Francis is scheduled to create 21 new cardinals, preside over two days of meetings with the world’s cardinals, and do a day trip to the city of L’Aquila, where he will visit the tomb of Pope Celestine V, the last pope to voluntarily resign before Benedict XVI. Citing these events Allen suggests “a note of caution before leaping to conclusions” though, explaining how they could also not reveal anything. “As they say in the TV business, ‘Stay tuned!’” the journalist concludes. 

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