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Papal trip to Dubai cancelled because of illness [updated]

November 28, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Backtracking on an announcement made earlier in the day, the Vatican press office said on November 28 that Pope Francis will not be traveling to Dubai to participate in COP28, the UN climate conference.

“Although the Holy Father’s general clinical picture has improved with regard to his flu-like condition and inflammation of the respiratory tract, the doctors have advised the Pope not to make the trip planned for the coming days to Dubai,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office.

“Pope Francis accepted the doctors’ request with great regret and the trip is therefore cancelled,” he continued. “As the Pope and the Holy See remain willing to be part of the discussions taking place over the next few days, the methods by which this can take place will be defined as soon as possible.”

Earlier in the day, Bruni had said that “the Pope is doing well” and that the Pope would be accompanied on the trip by a doctor and a nurse.

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