Pope to cancel hospital visit due to illness

Fifth cancellation

Pope Francis has said that he had been forced to cancel a recent, planned visit to the Gemelli Hospital at the last minute because of a headache and nausea.

Catholic News Service/The Catholic Herald

'I hoped it would pass,' he said in a video message released by the Vatican. 'I really wanted my meeting with you, but as you well know, we are not the masters of our lives and cannot do everything we want. We must accept fragility,' the 77-year-old Pope said.

Pope Francis explained that a headache he had had since morning suddenly worsened and he suffered from nausea, forcing him to cancel the visit.

Pope Francis said he appreciated all of the effort that people had put into planning for his visit on June 27 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hospital and the connected faculty of medicine and surgery of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

Fragility, he said, is something the patients know well. 'Cultivate in your prayer a taste for the things of God,' he told them. 'Be witnesses that our strength is in God alone.'

It was the fifth time since December that Pope Francis had cancelled previously scheduled public meetings because he was not feeling well.

FULL STORY Headache and nausea forced me to cancel hospital visit, says Pope (CNS/The Catholic Herald)

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