Vatican City, 06 November, 2023 / 12:46 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis is continuing to keep a full schedule even as the Holy Father said he was not feeling well during a meeting Monday morning with Jewish rabbis from Europe.
According to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, the pope decided not to read his prepared remarks at the Nov. 6 audience but to hand over printed copies instead.
“Thank you for this visit that I appreciate very much,” the pope said during the meeting, “but it happens that I am not well in health and that is why I prefer not to read the speech but give it to you.”
Holy See Press Office director Matteo Bruni told Il Corriere della Sera that the pope “has a bit of a cold and a long day of audiences. He wanted to greet the European rabbis individually and that is why he handed over the address. Otherwise, the pope’s activities are continuing regularly.”
The pope began a full day of meetings Nov. 6 with an audience with Archbishop Leo Boccardi, the newly retired apostolic nuncio to Japan, followed by audiences with Brazil’s and Switzerland’s new ambassadors to the Holy See, Everton Vieira Vargas and Manuela Leimgruber.