This Holy Wednesday, Pope Francis entered the Paul VI classroom, aided by a cane, walking, where the traditional general audience was held. Furthermore, he read the catechism that he had prepared without any problem.

Before starting, The Supreme Pontiff apologized to the faithful for changing the location of the meeting: it was not in Saint Peter’s Square, but in the Paul VI classroom due to the rain.. “Today the audience scheduled in the square had to be moved in here. They will be a little crowded, but at least they won’t get wet. Thank you for your patience,” he said.

Pope Francis, who has some respiratory problems, had skipped the reading of the homily at the Palm Sunday mass this Sunday, creating uncertainty about his health before the upcoming Holy Week rites.

In recent weeks, the bishop of Rome has preferred not to read the speeches and leave them to a collaborator because he got too tired reading after having suffered from the flu, as he had admitted, but he did deliver the appeals at the end of the general audience or at the angelus

However, This Monday he read the long speech prepared during an audience to a group from Nigeria and this Holy Wednesday he returned it to do during the hearing.

Pope Francis’ tough agenda during Holy Week

Even though Pope Francis, 87, has these respiratory problems, which already occurred last winter when he had to be hospitalized just before Holy Week, He has not canceled any event on his agenda and all his hearings have been confirmed..

In the coming days, the Thursday morning Chrism Mass is planned; the washing of feet on Thursday afternoon, in the women’s section of the Rebibbia prison; on Friday the mass of the Passion of the Lord and at night the Via Crucis in the Colosseum; the Easter Vigil on Saturday night and the Mass of the Resurrection and the blessing in the city and the world Sunday.


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