videoPope Francis’ right knee is cause for concern. The 85-year-old Bishop suffers from knee ligament inflammation and has already had to cancel several appointments. The chance of surgery is high.
Last week, when Pope Francis was supposed to preside over the annual meeting of the Interfaith, he was taken on wheels to the Paulo VI Hall in the Vatican. The first time, it became clear that the Pope’s knee problems were more serious than previously thought. The bishop had previously rescinded some of the obligations and a week earlier, by order of the attending physician, he had also sat down for the weekly audience. “There’s a problem with this leg, it’s not doing it right,” he told the faithful. “The doctor told me not to walk. I would like to come to you, but this time I have to listen to the doctor.”
Pope Francis is suffering from inflammation in his right knee which, according to doctors, is largely due to groin problems that the 85-year-old pope has been experiencing for years. Because of his somewhat swaying gait, he puts a lot of weight on his right knee, which has become overburdened as a result. An inflamed knee ligament comes on top of pre-existing osteoarthritis, a common disease of old age. During his last trip to Malta, the Franciscan seemed to be limping and could not kneel for a long time, because he could no longer do so.
The operation might make sense, but doctors are also trying to prevent it because Pope Francis himself doesn’t seem to want it. The papal knee is currently being treated with injections, and the Pope himself is required to maintain absolute rest, which he adheres to with difficulty. There are no results at the moment. “The knee ligament is slowly recovering,” Francis told the Argentine newspaper last week. no nasion† “At this age, you should be glad they told you you were well preserved.” Pope Francis will turn 86 in December.
If the remedies do not help at all, then there is talk of the installation of a prosthesis. A relatively routine operation would have put Pope Francis out of business for at least two weeks. But this choice seems out of reach at the moment.
The Vatican insists that the Pope’s health will not affect his programme. Plans to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will continue as usual in July, and flights planned, but not yet confirmed, to Kazakhstan and Canada are still being planned.
Pope Francis will also simply lead the canonization of Dutch Father Titus Brandsma next Sunday. For the first time in fifteen years, a Dutchman will be canonized in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
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