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Pope Francis health fears surge as he cancels meetings over ‘breathing difficulties’

Pope Francis has cancelled a series of meetings after suffering from “breathing difficulties”, the Vatican has confirmed.

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, said the Pope had lung inflammation and a CT scan had ruled out pneumonia.

He added that doctors had inserted a cannula to provide antibiotics.

Francis turns 87 next month and has battled ill health for years including losing part of his lung around 50 years.

Bruni’s statement stressed: “The Pope’s condition is good and stationary, he has no fever and his respiratory situation is clearly improving.”

A papal aide, the Rev. Paolo Braida, read the pope’s normal Sunday message, as Francis remained seated next to him.

In a statement, Francis said: “Dear brothers and sisters. Happy Sunday. Today, I cannot appear at the window because I have this problem of an inflammation in the lungs.”

Bruni said some “important engagements” were postponed, while internal administrative events, or those easier to attend to, would be fulfilled.

More to follow…

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