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Pope Francis greets the crowd in a wheelchair at his general audience, Aug. 3, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Appoints Nurse as His "personal health care assistant"

Aug 4, 2022

The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis has appointed a “personal health care assistant.”

Pope Francis. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Dismisses Resignation Rumors, Says He’s “slowly getting better”

Jul 4, 2022

Pope Francis has said he has no plans to resign soon and that his knee injury is healing.

Pope Francis recorded a video message for the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Screenshot of YouTube video

Pope Francis "greatly disappointed" over Missing Pastoral Trip to Africa This Week

Jul 2, 2022

The pope released a video message in which he urged the Congolese and South Sudanese people to place their hope in God.

Pope Francis walks with a cane at the beginning of a meeting with Brazilian bishops on June 27, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says His Mobility Has Improved, He Has "been able to walk for three days"

Jun 28, 2022

The 85-year-old pope has used a wheelchair for many of his public audiences for nearly two months.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 15, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: "When you are old, you are no longer in control of your body"

Jun 15, 2022

The 85-year-old pope noted that he needed to walk with a cane.

Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi in Ostia June 3, 2018. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Not to Preside at June 16 Corpus Christi Mass, Procession Due to Knee Pain

Jun 14, 2022

The 85-year-old pope has made public appearances in a wheelchair since May 5.

Pope Francis sat at the front of the congregation in St. Peter's Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost on June 5, 2022. Vatican Media

On Pentecost, Pope Francis Explains How to Recognize the Voice of the Holy Spirit

Jun 5, 2022

The pope delivered his homily from a wheelchair in front of the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Trip to Lebanon "delayed for health reasons"

May 9, 2022

Lebanon’s tourism minister announced the postponement, citing ‘health reasons.’

Pope Francis enters the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall in a wheelchair on May 5, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Uses Wheelchair in Public for First Time Since Colon Surgery

May 5, 2022

The pope was pushed in a wheelchair onto the stage of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 4, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Apologizes for Not Leaving His Chair at Wednesday Audience

May 4, 2022

‘Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis meets members of the International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists on May 2, 2022, in the Vatican's Santa Marta guesthouse. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Moves Meeting to Vatican Home Because of Painful Knee

May 2, 2022

Pope Francis, 85, has been suffering from an inflamed ligament.

Pope Francis greets Catholic bishops on a pilgrimage from Slovakia to Rome on April 30, 2022. Vatican Media

"The doctor has told me not to walk": Pope Francis

Apr 30, 2022

“It is a humiliation, but I offer it for your country,” Pope Francis told pilgrims from Slovakia.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 27, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Tells General Audience Pilgrims His Knee "still not healing"

Apr 27, 2022

The 85-year-old pope canceled his engagements the day before the audience due to knee pain.

Pope Francis with participants in a conference on Trinitarian International Solidarity at the Vatican, April 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Cancels Day’s Activities Due to Knee Pain, Says Vatican

Apr 26, 2022

Knee pain has forced the 85-year-old pope to curtail his activities in recent weeks.

Pope Francis greets a representative of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, April 25, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Comments on His Knee Pain

Apr 25, 2022

While meeting with members of the Trinitarian order on Monday, Pope Francis referred to his knee ailment, which kept him from standing to greet all of them.

The aftermath of the Russian occupation of Bucha, Ukraine. Ministry of Digital Development Mikhail Fedorov via Wikimedia (Public Domain).

Marking Two Months of War, Pope Francis Says "the attack must be stopped"

Apr 24, 2022

Pope Francis on Sunday renewed his call for a truce in Ukraine, saying "the attack must be stopped."

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis’ Agenda Canceled for Needed "medical checkups", Vatican Says

Apr 22, 2022

Pope Francis’ agenda was cleared on Friday for needed medical checkups, a Vatican spokesperson said. The 85-year-old pontiff has been suffering from pain in his right knee, causing him to take smaller roles in some Vatican liturgies and to remain seated more often.

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican July 14 after 11 days in hospital following colon surgery./ Pablo Esparza/CNA.

Pope Francis Discharged from Hospital, Returns to Vatican Residence after Surgery

Jul 14, 2021

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Wednesday after spending 11 days in a Rome hospital to recover from colon surgery.