Vatican City, 27 April, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis told pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience that he was unable to stand to greet them because his knee is “still not healing.”
Speaking at the end of the audience on April 27, the 85-year-old pope acknowledged that the health condition continued to restrict his mobility.
“I apologize if I’m going to greet you while sitting, because this knee is still not healing and I can’t stand that long,” he explained. “Please excuse me for this.”
Pope Francis arrived for the general audience seated in a white popemobile, which passed through pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
The vehicle dropped him off beside a raised platform in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, where he walked slowly and with assistance to his white chair to deliver his catechesis on old age.