Vatican City, May 2, 2022 / 07:40 am
Due to an ongoing struggle with knee pain, Pope Francis on Monday met a group of Catholic pharmacists at his Vatican residence, instead of the apostolic palace.
“This audience should have been at the apostolic palace, but because of my knee it is here. Excuse me,” the pope said May 2, at the beginning of a meeting in the Santa Marta guesthouse, where he lives.
Pope Francis, 85, has been suffering from an inflamed ligament, causing pain in his right knee and leg. He said on April 30 that his doctor has ordered him not to walk.
During some recent public audiences and liturgies, Francis has taken a smaller role or spent more time seated.