Pope curtails schedule for 2nd day, Vatican slights ‘slight’ illness
February 28, 2020
CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis postponed public audiences on February 28. The Pontiff stayed within the St. Martha residence for a second day, due to what Vatican officials described as a “slight imposition.” The Pope is still expected to hold his regular Sunday public audience, before leaving for his Lenten Retreat next week.
The Vatican is clearly downplaying the Pope’s illness—which appears to be a cold or flu—because of anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus in other parts of Italy.
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