Vatican City, Apr 25, 2022 / 13:28 pm
While meeting with members of the Trinitarian order on Monday, Pope Francis referred to his knee ailment, which kept him from standing to greet all of them.
“After the photo I will greet you, but excuse me, I have to do it sitting, not on foot, because of the knee ... It is that malady that was once called ‘nun's pain’, because it was the time in which the nuns prayed, and for so much praying on their knees they got sick! This will heal, but in the meantime we have to do things right,” he said April 25 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall to participants in the International Trinitarian Solidarity Conference.
The Trinitarians are a mendicant order founded in the 12th century by St. John of Matha to ransom Christian captives.
Francis, 85, has been suffering from pain in his right knee, causing him to take smaller roles in some liturgies and to remain seated more often.