Latest news about Pope Francis' health

Pope Francis has faced numerous health challenges in recent years, and yet still has maintained a busy schedule of meetings, Masses, and travel since 2020.

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Pope Francis sat at the front of the congregation in St. Peter's Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost on June 5, 2022.

On Pentecost, Pope Francis explained how to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice

Jun 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope delivered his homily from a wheelchair in front of the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022.

Pope Francis’ Lebanon trip ‘delayed for health reasons’

May 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Lebanon’s tourism minister announced the postponement, citing ‘health reasons.’ Read more

Pope Francis enters the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall in a wheelchair on May 5, 2022.

Pope Francis uses wheelchair in public for first time since colon surgery

May 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was pushed in a wheelchair onto the stage of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 4, 2022.

Pope Francis apologizes for not leaving his chair at Wednesday audience

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury,’ the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis greets German Bishop Stefan Oster on May 2, 2022.

Pope Francis to undergo medical procedure for ‘torn ligament’ in knee

May 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘I have been like this for some time, I cannot walk … It also brings a little pain, humiliation,’ the... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists on May 2, 2022, in the Vatican's Santa Marta guesthouse.

Pope Francis moves meeting to Vatican home because of painful knee

May 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis, 85, has been suffering from an inflamed ligament. Read more

Pope Francis greets Catholic bishops on a pilgrimage from Slovakia to Rome on April 30, 2022

Pope Francis: ‘The doctor has told me not to walk’

Apr 30, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“It is a humiliation, but I offer it for your country,” Pope Francis told pilgrims from Slovakia. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 27, 2022.

Pope Francis tells general audience pilgrims his knee is ‘still not healing’

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 85-year-old pope canceled his engagements the day before the audience due to knee pain. Read more

Pope Francis with participants in a conference on Trinitarian International Solidarity at the Vatican, April 25, 2022.

Pope Francis cancels day’s activities due to knee pain, says Vatican

Apr 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Knee pain has forced the 85-year-old pope to curtail his activities in recent weeks. Read more

Pope Francis greets a representative of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, April 25, 2022.

Pope Francis comments on his knee pain

Apr 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

While meeting with members of the Trinitarian order on Monday, Pope Francis referred to his knee ailment, which kept him... Read more

The aftermath of the Russian occupation of Bucha, Ukraine.

Marking two months of war, Pope Francis says 'the attack must be stopped'

Apr 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis on Sunday renewed his call for a truce in Ukraine, saying "the attack must be stopped." Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2022.

Pope Francis’ agenda canceled for needed ‘medical checkups,’ Vatican says

Apr 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ agenda was cleared on Friday for needed medical checkups, a Vatican spokesperson said. The 85-year-old pontiff has been... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Malta, April 3, 2022.

Pope Francis addresses his health problems during in-flight press conference

Apr 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at the end of his two-day visit to the Mediterranean country. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 23, 2022.

Pope Francis cancels Ash Wednesday Mass, trip to Florence due to knee pain

Feb 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy See press office said the pope was suffering from ‘acute gonalgia.’ Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021.

Analysis: What's behind rumors that Pope Francis will resign?

Aug 30, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

According to an Argentine priest who has known Pope Francis since his days in Buenos Aires, "there is only one... Read more

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican July 14 after 11 days in hospital following colon surgery.

Pope Francis returns to Vatican after colon surgery

Jul 14, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

After leaving hospital, Pope Francis stopped to pray at the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis says seeing a psychiatrist helped him with anxiety when he was younger

Feb 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest... Read more