Vatican City, 05 May, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis used a wheelchair during a public meeting on Thursday, the first time he has done so publicly since leaving the hospital after colon surgery in July 2021.
The 85-year-old pope has had difficulty walking due to a painful torn ligament in his knee.
He was pushed in a wheelchair onto the stage of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on May 5, at the start of a meeting with participants in the plenary meeting of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).
During his recent public appearances, he has apologized for being unable to stand and walk to greet participants.
He also needed assistance when standing up from his chair after the May 4 general audience.