Pope Francis Cancels Audiences After Falling Ill Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
After being seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass, Pope Francis canceled his official audiences for a second day on Friday, according to the New York Daily News.
Vatican officials said the Pope is still “feeling slightly unwell” intended to work primarily from the guest house in Santa Marta, where the 83-year-old pontiff has chosen to live.
“He thought it was best to postpone today’s audiences,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said. “The meetings scheduled to take place in Santa Marta will take place regularly.”
The day before, Pope Francis “canceled a planned trip to celebrate mass with Priests in Rome — sparking a ripple of concern on social media for his health and well-being,” the Daily News reported.
Rome has seen three cases of coronavirus, though all three patients recovered. More broadly, Italy has seen more than 650 cases, with a total of 12 deaths.
The Vatican has not yet said what type of illness the Pope has.