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Pope Francis postpones trip to Lebanon over ‘health concerns’ days after he was seen in a wheelchair for the first time

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Pope Francis has postponed a trip to Lebanon initially planned for June over health concerns, Lebanon’s tourism minister Walid Nassar said on Monday May 9.

 

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Nassar did not provide more details about the ‘health reasons’ which forced the postponement but the pope, who has suffered from pain in his knee, was seen using a wheelchair for the first time at a public event on Thursday.

 

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Nassar said: ‘Lebanon received a letter from the Vatican officially informing it of the decision to postpone the scheduled visit of the Pope to Lebanon.’

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He added the Pope’s ‘foreign visits and scheduled appointments have been postponed for health reasons’.

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The Vatican had never confirmed the visit but Lebanon’s presidency in April said the 85-year-old pontiff would visit the country in June.

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Francis has been suffering for months with pain in his right knee that forced him to cancel numerous engagements and stopped him from presiding over religious celebrations.

 

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The Vatican has not said officially what the problem is, although sources said he has chronic arthritis.

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