Vatican City, 04 May, 2022 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis remained seated during the traditional blessings of newlyweds and pilgrims at his Wednesday audience as he undergoes treatment for a torn ligament in his right knee.
Before the final blessing on May 4, the pope said: “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury. And for that, I apologize for having to greet you from a seated position, but it is a thing of the moment. Hopefully, it will pass soon and I will be able to come to you later in other audiences.”
The 85-year-old pope, who is reportedly receiving therapeutic injections for his knee injury this week, required assistance as he slowly hobbled up a ramp to reach the chair where he sat for the general audience.
Pope Francis arrived in St. Peter’s Square seated in the popemobile and waved to the small crowd, which only filled about a quarter of the large piazza.