CNA Staff, Nov 28, 2023 / 14:53 pm
Pope Francis will not attend the United Nations COP28 climate conference in Dubai this week due to his continuing struggles with lung inflammation stemming from influenza, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
The Holy See Press Office announced on Tuesday that “although the general clinical picture of the Holy Father in relation to the state of influenza and inflammation of the respiratory tract has improved,” the Holy Father’s doctors “have asked the pope not to make the trip planned for the next few days to Dubai on the occasion of the 28th Conference of the Parties for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”
“Pope Francis accepted the doctors’ request with great regret and the trip was therefore canceled,” the press office said.
The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion.