Vatican City, May 4, 2022 / 05:00 am
Pope Francis remained seated during the traditional blessings of newlyweds and pilgrims at his Wednesday audience as he undergoes treatment for a torn ligament in his right knee.
Before the final blessing on May 4, the pope said: “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury. And for that, I apologize for having to greet you from a seated position, but it is a thing of the moment. Hopefully, it will pass soon and I will be able to come to you later in other audiences.”
The 85-year-old pope, who is reportedly receiving therapeutic injections for his knee injury this week, required assistance as he slowly hobbled up a ramp to reach the chair where he sat for the general audience.