Vatican City, Mar 1, 2020 / 04:59 am
Pope Francis said Sunday he will not take part in his annual Lenten retreat with the Roman Curia in Ariccia this week due to a cold he has had for several days.
"I also ask you to remember in prayer the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia, which will begin this evening in Ariccia," the pope said March 1.
"Unfortunately, a cold forces me not to participate this year: I will follow the meditations from here."
The pope announced the decision to stay at the Vatican after giving his Sunday catechesis and leading the Angelus prayer from a window of the apostolic palace.